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Utopia as method : the imaginary reconstitution of society

Author: Ruth Levitas
Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan : [distributor] Not Avail, 2013.
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Utopia should be understood as a method rather than a goal. This book rehabilitates utopia as a repressed dimension of the sociological and in the process produces the Imaginary Reconstitution of Society, a provisional, reflexive and dialogic method for exploring alternative possible futures.
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Levitas, Ruth, 1949-
Utopia as method.
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan : [distributor] Not Avail, 2013
(DLC) 2013019059
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Levitas
ISBN: 9781137314253 1137314257
OCLC Number: 919573075
Notes: Epublication based on: 9780230231962.
Introduction PART I 1. From Terror to Grace 2. Riff on Blue 3. Echoes of Elsewhere PART II 4. Between Sociology and Utopia 5. Utopia Denied 6. Utopia Revised 7. The Return of the Repressed PART III 8. Utopia as Archaeology 9. Utopia as Ontology 10. Utopia as Architecture.
Description: 1 online resource (288 pages)
Contents: Preface and acknowledgements --
Introduction --
From terror to grace --
Riff on blue --
Echoes of elsewhere --
Between sociology and utopia --
Utopia denied --
Utopia revised --
The return of the repressed --
Utopia as archaeology --
Utopia as ontology --
Utopia as architecture --
Bibliography.
Responsibility: Ruth Levitas.

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