Cosmos and Hearth: A Cosmopolite's Viewpoint

Yi-Fu Tuan, Author University of Minnesota Press $58.5 (204p) ISBN 978-0-8166-2730-1
Hearth, as defined in this erudite, provocative inquiry, means familial warmth, small-scale intimacy, hometown loyalties. Cosmos is the larger reality of society, civilization, world. Tuan, geography professor (Univ. of Wisconsin) and author of Landscapes of Fear-born in China, raised there and in Australia and England-brings a cosmopolitan perspective to his discussion of our need to balance the polarities of hearth and cosmos. The book's centerpiece, a comparative analysis of China and the U.S., touches on the Confucian concept of cosmic harmony, China's centuries-old clash with Tibet, modern China's outward-directed modernization, and American immigrants' struggles against oppression and bias. Championing both the hearth and cities as necessary crucibles of human development, Tuan suggests that we strive for a ""cosmopolitan hearth"" by recognizing the importance of family and local ties while open-mindedly appreciating one's culture without chauvinism or xenophobia. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1996
Release date: 03/01/1996
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