Utopia As Method The Imaginary Reconstitution of Society
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Description: 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.
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 8/22/2013
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Ruth Levitas is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bristol.
|Preface and Acknowledgements|
|From Terror to Grace|
|Riff on Blue|
|Echoes of Elsewhere|
|Between Sociology and Utopia|
|The Return of the Repressed|
|Utopia as Archaeology|
|Utopia as Ontology|
|Utopia as Architecture|