Chapter 27. Cosmopolitanism and Social Theory

  1. Professor Bryan S. Turner Professor
  1. Daniel Chernilo sociology, PhD lecturer associate professor director member Fellow

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304992.ch27

The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

How to Cite

Chernilo, D. (2008) Cosmopolitanism and Social Theory, in The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory (ed B. S. Turner), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304992.ch27

Editor Information

  1. Alona Evans Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College Boston, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Alberto Hurtado, Chile

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 5 SEP 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169004

Online ISBN: 9781444304992



  • modernist social theory - social system and industrial society;
  • contemporary social theory - towards an explicit cosmopolitan approach;
  • cosmopolitanism's universalism and its critics;
  • cosmopolitanism and social theory;
  • cosmopolitan social theory;
  • classical social theory - modernity as world phenomenon


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Phase 1. Classical Social Theory: Modernity as a World Phenomenon

  • Phase 2. Modernist Social Theory: Social System and Industrial Society

  • Phase 3. Contemporary Social Theory: Towards an Explicit Cosmopolitan Approach

  • Conclusion: Cosmopolitanism's Universalism and its Critics

  • Notes

  • Bibliography