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Radical utopianism and cultural studies : on refusing to be realistic

Author: John Storey
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019. ©2019
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In Radical Utopianism and Cultural Studies, John Storey looks at the concept of utopianism from a cultural studies perspective and argues that radical utopianism can awaken the political promise of cultural studies. Between the Preface and the Postscript, there are seven chaptersthat explore different aspects of radical utopianism. The book begins with a definition of what radical utopianism means, with its  Read more...
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Storey, John, 1950-
Radical utopianism and cultural studies.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019
(DLC) 2018049503
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Storey
ISBN: 1315201585 9781315201580 9781351782432 1351782436 9781351782449 1351782444 9781351782425 1351782428
OCLC Number: 1060184257
Description: 1 online resource (143 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgements; Preface: cultural studies and utopian desire; 1 Radical utopianism: defamiliarization and desire; Radical utopianism and complicity; Power and the social construction of reality; Desire; Reality and the impossible; Making human nature historical; What desire lacks; A radical unfolding; Notes; 2 The happy place that exists nowhere; The invention of radical utopian reading; Utopia: a brief history of a multi-accentual sign; Notes; 3 Herbert Marcuse and the great refusal; Freud and repression Freud made historicalFantasy, art, and radical utopianism; Notes; 4 Gerrard Winstanley and the law of righteousness; Revolution within the revolution; Winstanley's Christianity; Digging for the future; Attacking the future; The world turned upside down; An enabling dream; Notes; 5 The Paris Commune: storming heaven; The revolution of 18 March; The work of the Commune; The civil war; The future against the past; Notes; 6 The chimes of freedom flashing: the Haight-Ashbury counterculture; Lysergic acid diethylamide 25 and the doors of perception The psychedelic counterculture: a union of love and activismFrom hippie to free American; The summer of love: resistance to incorporation; Notes; 7 Utopian capitalism: retro and post; Marx's capitalism; Utopian socialism revisited; Utopian nostalgia: making America great again; Finding hope in dystopia; Notes; Postscript: making hope and history rhyme; References; Index
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In Radical Utopianism and Cultural Studies, John Storey looks at the concept of utopianism from a cultural studies perspective and argues that radical utopianism can awaken the political promise of cultural studies. Between the Preface and the Postscript, there are seven chaptersthat explore different aspects of radical utopianism. The book begins with a definition of what radical utopianism means, with its productive combination of defamiliarization and desire. From there, it considers Thomas More's invention of the concept of utopia with its double articulation of what is and what could be, Herbert Marcuse's utopian rereading of Sigmund Freud's concept of repression, Gerrard Winstanley and the Diggers, the Paris Commune, and the Haight-Ashbury counterculture. In the final chapter, Storeyexaminestwo versions of utopian capitalism: retro and post. Although the main focus here is on Donald Trump's presidential election campaign and Paul Mason's recentbestseller Postcapitalism, the chaper begins with a brief discussion of Karl Marx on capitalism. Each chapter, in a different way, argues that radical utopianism defamiliarizes the manufactured naturalness of the here and now, making it conceivable to believe that another world is possible. This book provides an ideal introduction to utopianism for students of cultural studies as well as students within a number of related disciplines such as sociology, literature, history, politics, and media studies.

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