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Rooted Cosmopolitanism
Canada and the World
Will Kymlicka   Kathryn Walker  

$85.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 4/25/2012
ISBN: 9780774822602    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2013
ISBN: 9780774822619    

252 Pages


About the Book

Selected, Hill Times 100 Best Books of 2012

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.

About the Author(s)

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.

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

Table of Contents


1 Rooted Cosmopolitanism: Canada and the World / Will Kymlicka and Kathryn Walker

Part 1: The Theory of Rooted Cosmopolitanism

2 Cosmopolitanism and Patriotism / Kok-Chor Tan

3 A Defence of Moderate Cosmopolitanism and/or Moderate Liberal Nationalism / Patti Tamara Lenard and Margaret Moore

4 Universality and Particularity in the National Question in Quebec / Joseph-Yvon Thériault

5 Rooted Cosmopolitanism: Unpacking the Arguments / Daniel Weinstock

6 We Are All Compatriots / Charles Blattberg

Part 2: The Practice of Rooted Cosmopolitanism

7 Cosmopolitanizing Cosmopolitanism? Cosmopolitan Claims Making, Interculturalism, and the Bouchard-Taylor Report / Scott Schaffer

8 A World of Strangers or a World of Relationships? The Value of Care Ethics in Migration Research and Policy / Yasmeen Abu-Laban

9 The Doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect: A Failed Expression of Cosmopolitanism / Howard Adelman

10 Climate Change and the Challenge of Canadian Global Citizenship / Robert Paehlke



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