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Political Uses of Utopia : New Marxist, Anarchist, and Radical Democratic Perspectives

Author: S Chrostowska; James Ingram
Publisher: New York, NY : Columbia University Press, [2017] ©2017
Series: New directions in critical theory.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Utopia has long been banished from political theory, framed as an impossible--and possibly dangerous--political ideal, a flawed social blueprint, or a thought experiment without any practical import. Even the "realistic utopias" of liberal theory strike many as wishful thinking. Can politics think utopia otherwise? Can utopian thinking contribute to the renewal of politics?In Political Uses of Utopia, an  Read more...
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Political Uses of Utopia.
New York, NY : Columbia University Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2016041212
(OCoLC)965154132
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: S Chrostowska; James Ingram
ISBN: 9780231544313 0231544316
OCLC Number: 999361599
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Introduction: Utopia and Politics --
I. Reviving Utopia --
1. The History of Utopia and the Destiny of Its Critique --
2. Is the Classic Concept of Utopia Ready for the Future? --
3. Utopia and Natural Illusions --
II. Questioning Utopia --
4. Marx and Utopia --
5. General Wish Or General Will? Political Possibility and Collective Capacity from Rousseau Through Marx --
6. After Utopia, Imagination? --
7. A Strange Fate for Politics: Jameson's Dialectic of Utopian Thought --
III. Utopia and Radical Politics --
8. The Reality of Utopia --
9. Negativity and Utopia in the Global Justice Movement --
10. Utopianism and Prefiguration --
IV. Permanence of Utopia --
11. The Senses and Uses of Utopia --
12. Realism, Wishful Thinking, Utopia --
13. Desire and Shipwreck: Powers of the Vis Utopica --
Coda --
Utopia, Alibi --
Contributors --
Index.
Series Title: New directions in critical theory.
Responsibility: James Ingram, S. Chrostowska.
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Utopia has long been banished from political theory, framed as an impossible--and possibly dangerous--political ideal, a flawed social blueprint, or a thought experiment without any practical import. Even the "realistic utopias" of liberal theory strike many as wishful thinking. Can politics think utopia otherwise? Can utopian thinking contribute to the renewal of politics?In Political Uses of Utopia, an international cast of leading and emerging theorists agree that the uses of utopia for politics are multiple and nuanced and lie somewhere between--or, better yet, beyond--the mainstream caution against it and the conviction that another, better world ought to be possible. Representing a range of perspectives on the grand tradition of Western utopianism, which extends back half a millennium and perhaps as far as Plato, these essays are united in their interest in the relevance of utopianism to specific historical and contemporary political contexts. Featuring contributions from Miguel Abensour, Étienne Balibar, Raymond Geuss, and Jacques Rancière, among others, Political Uses of Utopia reopens the question of whether and how utopianism can inform political thinking and action today.

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