Viable Utopian Ideas: Shaping a Better World

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As an antidote to a time wracked not only with ills inherited from previous generations, but apparently new ones created or discovered just for today, scholars, students, activists, and others contribute 47 essays suggesting ways to promote the common good. Among the themes are the concept of utopia, information technology, looking inward, school, personal and societal choices, nation building, and global transformation. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Overview

As an antidote to a time wracked not only with ills inherited from previous generations, but apparently new ones created or discovered just for today, scholars, students, activists, and others contribute 47 essays suggesting ways to promote the common good. Among the themes are the concept of utopia, information technology, looking inward, school, personal and societal choices, nation building, and global transformation. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765611048
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
I Challenges - Personal in Nature
1 Private Dreams and Collective Ideals 9
2 Why Altruism Is Considered Deviant Behavior: Obstacles on the Path to a Viable Utopia 16
II Challenges - Conceptual in Nature
3 Utopia Revisited: New Thinking on Social Betterment 23
4 Utopia - An Obsolete Concept 29
5 Utopianism Comes of Age 34
6 Utopia and the Attempted Flow of Useful Ideas: Why Being Able to Define and Measure a Clear Vision Matters 40
III Methods: Even Better Tools
7 Modest Steps toward an Ideal World: Sociological Practice and Utopia 47
8 Utopian Poetry: A Medium for the Message 51
9 Building Common Ground: Rethinking Rules of Engagement 58
10 The Utopian University of the People: A Story That Is Not Too Good to Be True 61
IV Methods: Information Technology
11 The Human Utopia and the Web 65
12 Toward a New Democracy 69
13 Internet Dreaming: Investigating Online Community at the Math Forum 74
14 Welcome to "the Collective": New Meaning to a Meeting of Minds 76
V Looking Inward
15 Understanding Opposing Viewpoints : Placing Yourself in the Shoes of the Other 80
16 The Conscious Use of the "Mirror Effect": Co-Creating a Utopian World 84
17 Surprised on the Run! 88
VI Looking Homeward
18 Utopias and City Planning: Finding Strength in One Another 91
19 Distributed Floating Cities: A Laboratory for Exploring Social Utopias 99
20 I Am a Utopian: Creating the "Resort Circle" 102
21 Personal Utopia: Technology's Effect on the Meaning of Home 107
VII Schooling Possibilities
22 A Future Vision for Public Education 113
23 Blue Sky for Black America: Utopia and African America's Future 117
24 Inventing Utopian Delinquency Reforms: Being There in Ways That Work 120
VIII High-Schoolers on Utopia
25 Posterity in Their Hands: High School Students and Their Hopes for Utopia 127
26 Conception for Perfection: A Practical Utopia 133
27 Settling the High Frontier: Castles in the Sky 136
IX Choices: Very Personal
28 "How Do You Want Your Abortion?" 141
29 Read 'Em and Weep, Boys' 147
30 Choosing Your Future 151
X Choices: Societal
31 The Journey Counts Most: Building Deserving Organizations 161
32 The Society Unions Can Build: Toward a Utopian Social Democratic America 166
33 Utopian Conceptions of Society's Third Sector 176
XI Nation-Building AIDS
34 Utopianism and Grassroots Alternatives 181
35 The Ulithi Project: Can a Traditional Non-Western Culture Survive? 189
36 Utopias Discovered: National Policies That Prevent Ethnic Conflict 193
37 The World Senate and Academy 195
XII The Big Picture: Global Transformation
38 The Future by Design: Beyond Money and Politics 197
39 Our Hard Problems Need Soft Solutions: This Is the Century of Soft Things 205
40 Planetary Social and Spiritual Transformation: P. R. Sarkar's Eutopian Vision of the Future 208
41 When Can the Just Society Use Force? A Proposal for Radical Tolerance 216
XIII Looking Forward
42 Living the Dream, "Another World Is Possible": Combining a Spiritual Perspective with Social Action in the Developing World 223
43 Peacemaking: From Talk to Action 227
44 Our Safety Is Within Our Grasp 231
XIV Drawing It Together - and Moving On
45 Our Future As a Species: A View from Biological Anthropology 237
46 Immortality: Closer Than You Think 245
47 The Outward Course: Dystopias and Utopias in Outer Space 251
Epilogue: Getting On with It 255
Recommended Readings by Contributors and Allies 259
Recommended E-Mail Listserves and Web Sites 265
Books, Videos, and Web Sites of Contributors 267
Notes on the Editor and Contributors 275
Index 285
Books by the Editor 293
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