The immigration debate and common anger in dangerous times
hierarchies, the foundations for coming together to take
action were sown by the enjoyment some narrators reported of the
multi-ethnic, multi-lingual multi-nationality warehouse and food factory
workplaces. This non-elite cosmopolitan disposition emerged for some
through experiences at work, for example for Agnieszka KowalczykWojcik, who spoke with me in 2017 about her relations with other
workers in a Peterborough warehouse:
When I start working at [the warehouse], I couldn’t imagine that
I can spend my off time during the break with people from
Malaysia, we have one guy
London crime scenes in the 1930s
Suspicious death cases in the 1930s portray a London whose brilliant
public and commercial life concealed a darker and shabbier poverty.
Although stranger murders in London’s cosmopolitan Soho involving
foreign restaurant workers and prostitutes captured newspaper
headlines in the 1930s, this chapter also reveals a much more intimate
picture of violence in which most victims and perpetrators knew
each other, and in which women and children were the main victims.
Parents driven to desperation by unemployment and
The Chinese Customs Service was a central pillar of the foreign presence in China, 1854-1949. Its far-reaching responsibilities included collecting duties on foreign trade, establishing China’s first postal service, participating in international exhibitions, and even diplomacy. This is the first book-length study of the 11,000 expatriates from twenty-three different countries who worked for the Customs, exploring how their lives and careers were shaped by imperial ideologies, networks and structures. In doing so it highlights the vast range of people for whom the empire world spoke of opportunity. In an age of globalisation, the insights that this book provides into the personal and professional ramifications of working overseas are especially valuable. Empire Careers considers the professional triumphs and tribulations of the foreign staff, their social activities, their private and family lives, their physical and mental illnesses, and how all of these factors were influenced by the changing political context in China and abroad. Customs employees worked across the length and breadth of China, from the cosmopolitan commercial hub of Shanghai to isolated lighthouses. They thus formed the most visible face of imperialism in China. Contrary to the common assumption that China was merely an ‘outpost’ of empire, exploration of the Customs’s cosmopolitan personnel encourages us to see East Asia as a place where multiple imperial trajectories converged. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of imperial history and the political history of modern China.
and regional underdevelopment. It also masks growing racism within
The central aim of this chapter is to examine the current hegemonic
construction of Ireland as an open, cosmopolitan, multicultural, touristfriendly society. It will argue that underlying the celebrated liberal values
of freedom, choice and opportunity, which are supposedly intrinsic to
the cultural renewal ushered in by the ‘new Ireland’, is the harsh reality
of capitalist production, exclusionary nationalism and growing xenophobia, in relation to both the state and the general
appears to have shared their cosmopolitan outlook. His works included
numerous examples drawn from the history of other European countries, which
revealed the depth of his knowledge in this area. His expertise on French history
and politics was particularly strong and he engaged directly in the controversial
contemporary debates concerning French history.51 Bolingbroke’s works also
became well known in France. The first translations of them appeared in the
bolingbroke and france
1730s and by 1754 almost all of his
Suspicious deaths and strangers in
wartime London, 1939–45
The Second World War’s exacerbation of family tensions created
a pattern of domestic violence that encompassed the entire city.
This chapter shifts focus from the effects of war on private life to
explore how the war affected crimes between relative strangers in
public spaces: in pubs, in shelters and on the streets of London.
During the war, London became a much more anonymous, varied
and cosmopolitan city. Casual encounters influenced by alcohol, sex,
racial tensions and the obscurity of
vital recommendation that brought him entry to the king’s affinity, when he was retained by Richard II, at a fee of 40 marks per annum, around Michaelmas 1392. 32 His cosmopolitan experience was immediately put to use by the king, who sent him, via Cologne and Vienna, with diplomatic letters for the city states of northern Italy. Janico was certainly in Venice by February 1393, where he cashed a letter of credit on behalf of Henry, earl of Derby, who was then on his way back from Jerusalem, and evidently discharged his whole mission to Richard’s satisfaction, for he
Politeness, sociability and the culture of medico-gentility
grand house for him in the highly desirable
Castlegate. Furthermore, at least seven members of the Doctors Club had
been, or became, Lord Mayors of York between the 1760s and 1830s, with
two, including Henry Raper, serving two terms.
The Doctors Club was therefore the embodiment of a civic culture defined
not by a guild-mentality of corporate exclusivity but by the polite and civil
values of cosmopolitan inclusivity and congenial clubability. This fusing
of the urbane and the civic was a peculiar characteristic of the eighteenthcentury urban renaissance.81 With the
This book offers a conception of citizenship that is independent of any specific form of political organisation, while being compatible with multiple levels of political institutionalisation. Its de-contextualised account of citizenship differs from both cosmopolitan and nation-statist accounts. Using that conception, the book addresses topical and normative debates in one particular transnational political association: the European Union. Bringing political theory together with debates in international relations and in citizenship studies, the author argues that citizenship should be understood as an institutional role through which persons might exercise their political agency: their capacities to shape the contexts of their lives and promote the freedom and well-being of themselves and, importantly, fulfil their duties to others within and outside of the polity. The work draws on the rights-based philosophy of Alan Gewirth.
Writing Otherwise is a collection of essays by established feminist and cultural critics interested in experimenting with new styles of expression. Leading figures in their field, such as Marianne Hirsch, Lynne Pearce, Griselda Pollock, Carol Smart, Jackie Stacey and Janet Wolff, all risk new ways of writing about themselves and their subjects. Contributions move beyond conventional academic writing and into more exploratory registers to consider subjects such as: feminist collaborations, memories of dislocation, movement and belonging, intimacy and affect, encountering difference, passionate connections to art and opera. Some chapters use personal writing to interrogate theoretical issues; others put conceptual questions next to therapeutic ones; all of them offer the reader new ways of thinking about how and why we write, and how we might do it differently. Discovering the creative spaces in between traditional genres, many of the chapters show how new styles of writing open up new ways of doing cultural criticism. Aimed at both general and academic readers interested in how scholarly writing might be more innovative and creative, this collection introduces the personal, the poetic and the experimental into the frame of cultural criticism. This collection of essays is highly interdisciplinary and contributes to debates in sociology, history, anthropology, art history, cultural and media studies and gender studies.