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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
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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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Political Uses of Utopia.
New York, NY : Columbia University Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2016041212
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 --
Series Title: New directions in critical theory.
Responsibility: James Ingram, S. Chrostowska.


Contemporary political theorists from Europe and North America open an overdue debate on the ties between politics and utopianism.  Read more...


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Utopian students and scholars will recognize that they must own this book and digest, confront, and come to terms with the various arguments and interpretations of utopia. -- Peter G. Stillman, Read more...

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