Utopia As Method The Imaginary Reconstitution of Society

ISBN-10: 0230231977
ISBN-13: 9780230231979
Edition: 2013
Authors: Ruth Levitas
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List price: $38.50
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 8/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 268
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

In this major new work by one of the leading writers on Utopian Studies, Ruth Levitas argues that a prospective future of ecological and economic crises poses a challenge to the utopian imaginary. To conceive a better world, and alternative future, Utopia as Method does not construe utopia as a goal or blueprint, but as a holistic, reflexive method for developing what those possible futures might be. It begins by treating utopia as the quest for grace, through a hermeneutics that recovers theutopian meaning in our culture, explored through colour and music. Moving from the existential to the social, it draws on H. G. Wells's claim that the creation of utopias is the distinctive and proper method of sociology, and on the tentative reappearance of utopia in contemporary social theory. It proposes a constructive method, the Imaginary Reconstitution of Society. This fusion of explicitly normative social theory and analytic critique rehabilitates utopia as an integral part of sociology,and offers a means of collective engagement in shaping a better tomorrow.

Ruth Levitas is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bristol.

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
Notes
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