The meaning of the term utopia is rarely questioned, although it is used in widely differing ways. This classic text, first published in 1990, analyses the contested concept of utopia and examines how it has been used by commentators and social theorists. It is the only book to concentrate on the meaning of the term utopia, and to demonstrate the variety of ways in which it has been defined, in terms of content, form, and function. The author examines the use of utopia by Marx, Engels, Karl Mannheim, Robert Owen, Georges Sorel, Ernst Bloch, William Morris, and Herbert Marcuse. She defines utopia as the expression in texts and political practice of the desire for a better way of living and argues that utopian desire remains an active element in culture and politics.
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About the Author
The Author: Ruth Levitas is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bristol. She is co-founder and former chair of the Utopian Studies Society (Europe) and vice-chair of the William Morris Society. Her books include The Ideology of the New Right, The Interpretation of Official Statistics (co-edited with Will Guy), The Inclusive Society? Social Exclusion and New Labour, and Poverty and Social Exclusion in Britain (co-edited with Christina Pantazis and David Gordon). Utopia as Method: The Imaginary Reconstitution of Society, the sequel to this book, is forthcoming.
Table of Contents
Contents: Ideal Commonwealths: The Emerging Tradition – Castles in the Air: Marx, Engels and Utopian Socialism – Mobilising Myths: Utopia and Social Change in Georges Sorel and Karl Mannheim – Utopian Hope: Ernst Bloch and Reclaiming the Future – The Education of Desire: The Rediscovery of William Morris – An American Dream: Herbert Marcuse and the Transformation of the Psyche – A Hundred Flowers: Contemporary Utopian Studies – Future Perfect: Retheorising Utopia.