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Utopianism: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780199573400

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¥1,628
Author: 
Lyman Tower Sargent
Pages
160 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
113 x 174 mm
Pub date
Sep 2010
Series
Very Short Introductions

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  • Written by one of the most outstanding scholars in the field of utopian studies
  • Examines utopia in literature, social and political theory, theology and communal studies
  • Considers some of the modern debates about utopia, including what constitutes a utopia and the relationship between utopia and ideology

     
There are many debates about utopia - What constitutes a utopia? Are utopias benign or dangerous? Is the idea of utopianism essential to Christianity or heretical? What is the relationship between utopia and ideology? 
  
This Very Short Introduction explores these issues and examines utopianism and its history. Lyman Sargent discusses the role of utopianism in literature, and in the development of colonies and in immigration. The idea of utopia has become commonplace in social and political thought, both negatively and positively. Some thinkers see a trajectory from utopia to totalitarianism with violence an inevitable part of the mix. Others see utopia directly connected to freedom and as a necessary element in the fight against totalitarianism. In Christianity utopia is labelled as both heretical and as a fundamental part of Christian belief, and such debates are also central to such fields as architecture, town and city planning, and sociology among many others
  
Sargent introduces and summarizes the debates over the utopia in literature, communal studies, social and political theory, and theology.

Index: 

Preface and acknowledgements
1: The forms of Utopian literature
2: Intentional communities
3: Nonwestern utopianism
4: Settler/colonial utopianism
5: Utopia and political theory
6: Ideology and utopia
7: Utopia and Christianity
Conclusion
References and further reading

About the author: 

Lyman Tower Sargent is a Fellow of the Stout Research Centre at the Victoria University of Wellington and a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the primary bibliographer in the field of utopian literature and he founded the journal Utopian Studies and the Utopianism and Communitarian series published by Syracuse University Press. He has been awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award of both the Society for Utopian Studies and the Communal Studies Association.

There are many debates about utopia - What constitutes a utopia? Are utopias benign or dangerous? The idea of utopia has become commonplace in social and political thought, both negatively and positively. This Very Short Introduction explores utopianism, its history, and its role in modern debates.

Utopianism

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