Looking Back, 2018-1916: The Cosmopolitan Idea in Randolph Bourne's "Transnational America"

Piotr Skurowski

Abstract

This article re-examines the classic 1916 text by Randolph Bourne, considered a forerunner of today's multiculturalism, to demonstrate how Bourne's cosmopolitanism (defined as transnationalism) related to the ideological and intellectual currents of the Progressive Era, and how it registers with today's readers' different sensibilities (vis-a-vis issues like race, ethnicity and democracy) as well as some of the new theoretical perspectives on cosmopolitanism and transnationalism. While the article arguesfor an unceasing relevancy of Bourne's text, it also identifies the problems today's readers may have with it, most importantly with the author's Eurocentrism as well as the exceptionalist underpinnings of his argument.
Author Piotr Skurowski (Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych)
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- Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych
Journal seriesPolish Journal for American Studies, ISSN 1733-9154, (B 8 pkt)
Issue year2018
Vol12
Pages43-54
Publication size in sheets0.55
Keywords in EnglishCosmopolitanism, multiculturalism, transnationalism, Progressivism, American exceptionalism, Eurocentrism
Languageen angielski
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P. Skurowski Looking Back - oswiadczenie.pdf 334.45 KB
Score (nominal)8
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