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Rooted Cosmopolitanism

Canada and the World

Will Kymlicka and Kathryn Walker

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  • Published: February 2013
  • Subject Listing: Political Science
  • Bibliographic information: 252 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: U.S. rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

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.

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. Other contributors include Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Howard Adelman, Charles Blattberg, Patti Lenard, Margaret Moore, Robert Paehlke, Scott Schaffer, Kok-Chor Tan, Joseph-Yvon Thériault, and Daniel Weinstock.
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