Apertura cosmopolita al otro. Una aproximación al papel de la traducción en la teoría social del cosmopolitismo

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© 2015 Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. All rights reserved. This article analyses the role of translation in contemporary theories of cosmopolitanism and, more generally, in a conception of cosmopolitanism as openness to the other. Whereas globalization theory was predominantly silent about the important role of translation in processes of global connectivity, translation has gained a central importance in recent accounts of cosmopolitanism in a context in which the coexistence of multiple modernities and the interaction between them, rather than convergence towards a single global culture, is emphasized. This article examines, first, the role of translation in contemporary theories of cosmopolitanism, focusing especially on two authors: Ulrich Beck and Gerard Delanty. Secondly, it proposes a concept of translation that can account for interactions between different cultures and specify a notion of cosmopolitanism as internalization of the other. Thirdly, it draws some important implications of this analysis for the social theory of cosmopolitanism.
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)365-382
JournalPapers: Revista de Sociologia
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2015


  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Foreignness
  • Globalization
  • Intercultural communication
  • Modernity
  • Translation
  • Universalism

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