Cosmopolitics: Towards a New Articulation of Politics, Science and Critique
This paper explores how Ulrich Beck's world-risk-society theory (WRST) and Bruno Latour's Actor-Network Theory (ANT) can be combined to advance a theory of cosmopolitics. On the one hand, WRST helps to examine 'cosmopolitan politics', how actors try to inject cosmopolitanism into existing political practices and institutions anchored in the logic of nationalism. On the other hand, ANT sheds light on 'cosmological politics', how scientists participate in the construction of reality as a reference point for political struggles. By combining the WRST and ANT perspectives, it becomes possible to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of cosmopolitics that takes into account both political and ontological dimensions. The proposed synthesis of WRST and ANT also calls for a renewal of critical theory by making social scientists aware of their performative involvement in cosmopolitics. This renewal prompts social scientists to explore how they can pragmatically support certain ideals of cosmopolitics through continuous dialogues with their objects of study, actors who inhabit different nations and different cosmoses.
Actor-Network Theory, Cosmopolitanism, Critical theory, Nationalism, Science, World risk society
Politics and Social Change | Sociology
British Journal of Sociology
Wiley: No OnlineOpen
SAITO, Hiro.(2015). Cosmopolitics: Towards a New Articulation of Politics, Science and Critique. British Journal of Sociology, 66(3), 441-459.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/soss_research/1880