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Cosmopolitanism in Globalisation and New Forms of Transnational Religious Mobilisation

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Here, instead of returning to the debate on “methodological nationalism” in order to understand the importance of transnational modes of action in our contemporary world, the focus would rather be on “methodological cosmopolitanism”, which is linked to two notions: transnationalism and relations with the Other. The context which enables, but at the same time constrains, the discourses and actions of confessional actors will be analysed in order to understand how it influences religious transnationalism. If religious actors give climate change a priority in their actions, it is because of poverty. The protection of the poor and the most vulnerable is central in religious actors’ climate action and central in development policies mentioned in the Paris Agreement. All religions share this concern for the poor, and therefore this will lead them to share a common space of action to achieve climate justice. The question of poverty, social justice and development offered a common transnational platform to reinforce interfaith dialogue and will be discussed in this chapter through the perspective of international political sociology.


  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Globalisation
  • Transnationalism
  • Poverty

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Sadouni, S. (2022). Cosmopolitanism in Globalisation and New Forms of Transnational Religious Mobilisation. In: Religious Transnationalism and Climate Change . Human Rights Interventions. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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