Cosmopolitanism and nationalism in a globalized world

Yegenoglu M.

ETHNIC AND RACIAL STUDIES, vol.28, no.1, pp.103-131, 2005 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/0141987042000280030
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.103-131
  • Keywords: cosmopolitanism, nationalism, subalternity, globalization, diaspora, cultural studies
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


The disenfranchised subaltern groups of the South disappear from the current Anglo-American cultural studies discourse on globalization as their conditions are made synonymous with the diasporas in the First World centres. However, if we do not take the metropolitan situation as the sole important site of transnationality, but turn our attention to the lives of subaltern groups in the South we will gather a different picture of globalization. The essay discusses the various ways in which cosmopolitanism is presented as offering the means of new forms of belonging and politics that are beyond the confining forms of the nation-state. By proposing to rethink the place of the nation-state within globalization, the essay suggests being less dismissive of the need for nationalism in the Third World, a nationalism that is capable of articulating the will of the excluded subaltern populations.