Canadians take pride in being good citizens of the world, yet our failure to meet commitments on the global stage raises questions. Do Canadians need to transcend local attachments and national loyalties to become full global citizens? Is the very idea of rooted cosmopolitanism simply a myth that encourages complacency about Canada’s place in the world?
This volume brings together leading scholars to assess the concept of rooted cosmopolitanism, both in theory and practice. In Part 1, authors examine the nature, complexity, and relevance of the concept itself and show how local identities such as patriotism and Quebec nationalism can, but need not, conflict with cosmopolitan values and principles. In Part 2, they reveal how local ties and identities in practice enable and impede Canada’s global responsibilities in areas such as multiculturalism, climate change, immigration and refugee policy, and humanitarian intervention.
By examining how Canada has negotiated its relations to “the world” both within and beyond its own borders, Rooted Cosmopolitanism evaluates the possibility of reconciling local ties and nationalism with commitments to human rights, global justice, and international law.
This volume will appeal to political philosophers, students and practitioners of foreign policy and international relations, and anyone interested in exploring Canadian identity in a globalizing world.
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Will Kymlicka is the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen’s University. Kathryn Walker is a postdoctoral fellow at l’Université de Montréal.
Contributors: Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Howard Adelman, Charles Blattberg, Patti Lenard, Margaret Moore, Robert Paehlke, Scott Schaffer, Kok-Chor Tan, Joseph-Yvon Thériault, and Daniel Weinstock.
Part 1: The Theory of Rooted Cosmopolitanism
1 Cosmopolitanism and Patriotism / Kok-Chor Tan
2 A Defence of Moderate Cosmopolitanism and/or Moderate Liberal Nationalism / Patti Lenard and Margaret Moore
3 Universality and Particularity in the National Question in Quebec / Joseph-Yvon Thériault
4 Rooted Cosmopolitanism: Unpacking the Arguments / Daniel Weinstock
5 We Are All Compatriots / Charles Blattberg
Part 2: The Practice of Rooted Cosmopolitanism
6 Cosmopolitanizing Cosmopolitanism? Cosmopolitan Claims-Making, Interculturalism, and the Bouchard-Taylor Report / Scott Schaffer
7 A World of Strangers or a World of Relationships? The Value of Care Ethics in Migration Research and Policy / Yasmeen Abu-Laban
8 The Doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect: A Failed Expression of Cosmopolitanism / Howard Adelman
9 Climate Change and the Challenge of Canadian Global Citizenship / Robert Paehlke
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