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Envisioning real utopias

Author: Erik Olin Wright
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2010.
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Rising inequality of income and power, along with the recent convulsions in the finance sector, have made the search for alternatives to unbridled capitalism more urgent than ever. Yet there has been a global retreat by the Left: on the assumption that liberal capitalism is the only game in town, political theorists tend to dismiss as utopian any attempt to rethink our social and economic relations. As Fredric  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wright, Erik Olin.
Envisioning real utopias.
London ; New York : Verso, 2010
(OCoLC)765613745
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erik Olin Wright
ISBN: 9781844676187 1844676188 184467617X 9781844676170
OCLC Number: 464579492
Description: xviii, 394 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: why real utopias? --
The tasks of emancipatory social science --
What's so bad about capitalism? --
Thinking about alternatives to capitalism --
The socialist compass --
Real utopias I : social empowerment and the state --
Real utopias II : social empowerment and the economy --
Elements of a theory of transformation --
Ruptural transformation --
Insterstitial transformation --
Symbiotic transformation --
Conclusion: making utopias real.
Responsibility: Erik Olin Wright.

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A comprehensive assault on the quietism of contemporary social theory. Building on a work analyzing the class system in the developed world, as well as exploring the problem of the transition to a  Read more...

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"[Wright] builds a strong case for an emancipatory social science."--E. Kingsolver, Choice "A benchmark contribution to necessary radical thinking."--Goran Therborn "Encyclopedic in its breadth, Read more...

 
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