Cosmopolitanism as Imagined Communities of Global Risk

  title={Cosmopolitanism as Imagined Communities of Global Risk},
  author={Ulrich von Beck},
  journal={American Behavioral Scientist},
  pages={1346 - 1361}
  • U. Beck
  • Published 13 September 2011
  • Art
  • American Behavioral Scientist
Modern societies—Western and non-Western alike—are confronted with qualitatively new problems, which create the “cosmopolitan imperative”: cooperate or fail! This cosmopolitan imperative arises because of global risks: nuclear risks, ecological risks, technological risks, economic risks created by radicalized modernity and insufficiently regulated financial markets, and so on. These new global risks have at least two consequences: First, they mix the “native” with the “foreign” and create an… 

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