Cosmopolitan sentiments after 9-11? Trauma and the politics of vulnerability
Brassett, James. Cosmopolitan sentiments after 9-11? Trauma and the politics of vulnerability. Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies (No.2). pp. 12-29. ISSN 2040-8498Full text not available from this repository.
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The paper provides a critical analysis of the possibility of a cosmopolitan response to traumatic events like 9-11. While cosmopolitan sentiments are celebrated for highlighting the question of vulnerability, it is argued that such questions are always-already rendered according to practices of governance that are ethically and politically problematic. In this sense, the paper explores what it calls the ‘politics of vulnerability’ via a critical engagement with David Held’s version of cosmopolitan democracy, followed by a problematisation of psychological structures of knowledge about trauma. Beyond the tranquilising effects of universal norms and/or the scientific certainty of trauma counselling, the paper makes the case for developing an acute empirical politics of the subjects of trauma. Ultimately, this argument does not then turn into a rejection of cosmopolitan democracy, so much as a call for its further politicisation and continuous engagement.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JZ International relations|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies|
|Publisher:||University of London Royal Holloway, Department of Politics and International Relations|
|Number of Pages:||18|
|Page Range:||pp. 12-29|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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