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Viable utopian ideas : shaping a better world

Author: Arthur B Shostak
Publisher: Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, ©2003.
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Utopias - whether philosophical, literary, or actual experiments - are attempts to solve all social problems. This work covers topics that look for viable utopian ideas that can be applied to today's  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur B Shostak
ISBN: 076561104X 9780765611048
OCLC Number: 50761496
Description: xvi, 295 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Challenges --
Personal in Nature --
1. Private Dreams and Collective Ideals / Douglas Porpora --
2. Why Altruism Is Considered Deviant Behavior: Obstacles on the Path to a Viable Utopia / Jay Weinstein --
II. Challenges --
Conceptual in Nature --
3. Utopia Revisited: New Thinking on Social Betterment / Michael Marien --
4. Utopia --
An Obsolete Concept / Joseph F. Coates --
5. Utopianism Comes of Age / Tsvi Bisk --
6. Utopia and the Attempted Flow of Useful Ideas: Why Being Able to Define and Measure a Clear Vision Matters / Roger Kaufman --
III. Methods: Even Better Tools --
7. Modest Steps toward an Ideal World: Sociological Practice and Utopia / Ross Koppel --
8. Utopian Poetry: A Medium for the Message / Lane Jennings --
9. Building Common Ground: Rethinking Rules of Engagement / Harris Sokoloff --
10. Utopian University of the People: A Story That Is Not Too Good to Be True / Robert J. Merikangas --
IV. Methods: Information Technology --
11. Human Utopia and the Web / David Weinberger --
12. Toward a New Democracy / Stephen Downes --
13. Internet Dreaming: Investigating Online Community at the Math Forum / Wesley Shumar --
14. Welcome to "the Collective": New Meaning to a Meeting of Minds / Allan Stegeman --
V. Looking Inward --
15. Understanding Opposing Viewpoints : Placing Yourself in the Shoes of the Other / R. Dean Wright --
16. Conscious Use of the "Mirror Effect": Co-Creating a Utopian World / Carroy U. Ferguson --
17. Surprised on the Run! / Diane McManus --
VI. Looking Homeward --
18. Utopias and City Planning: Finding Strength in One Another / Thomas A. Reiner --
19. Distributed Floating Cities: A Laboratory for Exploring Social Utopias / Patrick Salsbury --
20. I Am a Utopian: Creating the "Resort Circle" / Ernest Vlahos --
21. Personal Utopia: Technology's Effect on the Meaning of Home / James Mitchell --
VII. Schooling Possibilities --
22. Future Vision for Public Education / Marilyn Vlahos --
23. Blue Sky for Black America: Utopia and African America's Future / Jesse Rhines --
24. Inventing Utopian Delinquency Reforms: Being There in Ways That Work / William Du Bois --
VIII. High-Schoolers on Utopia --
25. Posterity in Their Hands: High School Students and Their Hopes for Utopia / William McKenna --
26. Conception for Perfection: A Practical Utopia / Kyle Bady --
27. Settling the High Frontier: Castles in the Sky / Benjamin Novack --
IX. Choices: Very Personal --
28. "How Do You Want Your Abortion?" / Margaret R. Johnston and Claire Keyes --
29. Read 'Em and Weep, Boys' / John E. Glass --
30. Choosing Your Future / Wendell Bell --
X. Choices: Societal --
31. Journey Counts Most: Building Deserving Organizations / Douglas Bedell --
32. Society Unions Can Build: Toward a Utopian Social Democratic America / David Reynolds --
33. Utopian Conceptions of Society's Third Sector / Jon Van Til --
XI. Nation-Building AIDS --
34. Utopianism and Grassroots Alternatives / Valerie Fournier --
35. Ulithi Project: Can a Traditional Non-Western Culture Survive? / Roger A. Straus and Diane E. Straus --
36. Utopias Discovered: National Policies That Prevent Ethnic Conflict / Irwin Deutscher --
37. World Senate and Academy / Mitchell Gordon --
XII. Big Picture: Global Transformation --
38. Future by Design: Beyond Money and Politics / Jacque Fresco and Roxanne Meadows --
39. Our Hard Problems Need Soft Solutions: This Is the Century of Soft Things / Jim Pinto --
40. Planetary Social and Spiritual Transformation: P.R. Sarkar's Eutopian Vision of the Future / Sohail Inayatullah --
41. When Can the Just Society Use Force? A Proposal for Radical Tolerance / Adrienne Redd --
XIII. Looking Forward --
42. Living the Dream, "Another World Is Possible": Combining a Spiritual Perspective with Social Action in the Developing World / Dada Maheshvarananda --
43. Peacemaking: From Talk to Action / Robert J. Merikangas --
44. Our Safety Is Within Our Grasp / Hal Pepinsky --
XIV. Drawing It Together --
and Moving On --
45. Our Future As a Species: A View from Biological Anthropology / Melvin Konner --
46. Immortality: Closer Than You Think / Stanley Shostak --
47. Outward Course: Dystopias and Utopias in Outer Space / Marilyn Dudley-Rowley and Thomas Gangale --
Epilogue: Getting On with It --
Recommended Readings by Contributors and Allies --
Recommended E-Mail Listserves and Web Sites.
Responsibility: edited by Arthur B. Shostak.


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