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Title: Randolph Bourne’s 'Trans-national America': Between Pluralist and Exceptionalist Cosmopolitanism
Authors: Canelo, Maria José 
Keywords: Randolph Bourne; Transnationalism; Cosmopolitanism; American exceptionalism; World War I
Issue Date: Apr-2016
Publisher: Centro de Estudos Sociais
Serial title, monograph or event: Oficina do CES
Volume: 435
Place of publication or event: Coimbra
Abstract: 1916 was the year Randolph Bourne published his inspirational essay “Transnational America”. Amidst the fanaticism of xenophobic discourses, intellectual and political persecution, and the call to war, Bourne tenaciously stood up to a liberating and reinvigorating ideal of cosmopolitan citizenship that would redefine the terms of identity, belonging, and the nation itself. This paper will attempt a critique of Bourne’s thesis in light of later arguments for cosmopolitanism (Bhabha, 1996; Appiah, 1996), as a way to shed more light on both the potentials and the limitations of Bourne’s theory. Particular attention will be paid to important to his search for an organic culture linking high and low cultural forms that valued ethnic difference against ‘melting-pot’ homogeneity vis-à-vis the narrative of American exceptionalism that still undergirds his theory, in order to discuss contradictions usually underplayed in the criticism of Bourne’s work.
ISSN: 2182-7966
Rights: openAccess
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