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Utopia Method Vision

Author : Tom Moylan
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This collection addresses the ways in which the contributors approach their study of the objects and practices of utopianism (understood as social anticipations and visions produced through texts and social experiments) and of how, in turn, those objects and practices have shaped their intellectual work and research perspectives.

Becoming Utopian

Author : Tom Moylan
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A dream of a better world is a powerful human force that inspires activists, artists, and citizens alike. In this book Tom Moylan – one of the pioneering scholars of contemporary utopian studies – explores the utopian process in its individual and collective trajectory from dream to realization. Drawing on theorists such as Fredric Jameson, Donna Haraway and Alain Badiou and science fiction writers such as Kim Stanley Robinson and China Miéville, Becoming Utopian develops its argument for sociopolitical action through studies that range from liberation theology, ecological activism, and radical pedagogy to the radical movements of 1968. Throughout, Moylan speaks to the urgent need to confront and transform the global environmental, economic, political and cultural crises of our time.

Victorian Visions of Suburban Utopia

Author : Nathaniel Robert Walker
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A study of British and American Utopian writing of the 1800s in the context of developments in real architectural, political, and cultural life. The book studies utopian visions published in the UK and the USA in the 1800s by writers such Robert Owen, James Silk Buckingham, Edward Bellamy, and William Morris.

Mo Tzu s Religious Blueprint for a Chinese Utopia

Author : Scott Lowe
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Here the early 4th-century BCE Chinese text, the Mo Tzu is analyzed as a religious document and is found on this basis to be a focussed and consistent text, presenting the Chou dynasty's most structured religious system, providing both the theory and methods for creating an ideal society. This careful study should correct common misunderstandings of the system of early Mohist thought and lead to an appreciation of the originality and boldness of Mo Tzu's utopian vision.

Partial Visions

Author : Angelika Bammer
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Positing that a radical utopianism is one of the most vital impulses of feminist politics, Partial Visions traces the articulation of this impulse in the work of Euro-American, French and German women writers of the 1970s. It argues that this feminist utopianism both continued and reconceptualized a critical dimension of Left politics, yet concludes that feminist utopianism is not just visionary, but myopic - time and culture bound - as well.

Viable Utopian Ideas

Author : Arthur B. Shostak
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Contents: Introduction: Viable Utopian IdeasPart 1: Challenges - Personal in Nature1. Private Dreams and Collective Ideals, Douglas Porpora2. Why Altruism Is Considered Deviant Behavior: Obstacles on the Path to a Viable Utopia, Jay WeinsteinPart 2: Challenges - Conceptual in Nature3. Utopia Revisited: New Thinking on Social Betterment, Michael Marien4. Utopia: An Obsolete Concept, Joseph F. Coates5. Utopianism Comes of Age, Tsvi Bisk6. Utopia and the Attempted Flow of Useful Ideas: Why Being Able to Define and Measure a Clear Vision Matters, Roger Kaufman Part 3: Methods: Even Better Tools7. Modest Steps toward an Ideal World: Sociological Practice and Utopia, Ross Koppel8. Utopian Poetry: A Medium for the Message, Lane Jennings9. Building Common Ground: Rethinking Rules of Engagement, Harris Sokoloff10. The Utopian University of the People: A Story That Is Not Too Good to Be True, Robert J. Merikangas Part 4: Methods: Information Technology11. The Human Utopia and the Web, David Weinberger12. Toward a New,Democracy, Stephen Downes13. Internet Dreaming: Investigating Online Community at the Math Forum, Wes Shumar14. Welcome to "the Collective: " New Meaning to a "Meeting of Minds, " Al StegemanPart 5: Looking Inward15. Understanding Opposing Viewpoints: Placing Yourself into the Shoes of the Other, R. Dean Wright16. The Conscious Use of "The Mirror Effect: " Co-Creating a Utopian World, Carroy U. Ferguson17. Surprised on the Run, Diane McManusPart 6: Looking Homeward18. Utopias and City Planning: Findin Strength in One Another, Thomas A. Reiner19. Distributed Floating Cities: A Laboratory for Exploring Social Utopias, Patrick Salsbury20. I Am a Utopian: Creating "The Resort Circle, "Ernest Vlahos21. Personal Utopia: Technology's Effect on the Meaning of Home, James MitchellPart 7: Schooling Possibilities22. A Future Vision for Public Education, Marilyn Vlahos23. Blue Sky for Black America: Utopia and Af

Expressionism s Utopian Vision lecture

Author : Reinhold Heller
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Alternate Worlds Alternate Visions

Author : Sonja Rae Fritzsche
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Utopian Thought in American Literature

Author : Arno Heller
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Real Utopia

Author : Chris Spannos
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"The authors in this collection engage with what a participatory society would look like, how it would function, and how our commitments to just outcomes is related to the sort of institutions we maintain. Topics include: participatory economics, political vision, education, architecture, artists in a free society, environmentalism, work after capitalism, and poly-culturalism."--BOOK JACKET.

Utopias Social Ideals and Communal Experiments

Author : Peyton E. Richter
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H outopia

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Meletes kai ereunes

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Critical Essays on H G Wells

Author : John Huntington
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Shared Visions Shared Lives

Author : Bill Metcalf
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The fifteen "communards" from all corners of the globe whose stories appear in this collection have lived in communal groups thirty years on average. Some of the communities they call home are based on spiritual or religious principles, others have secular or economic reasons for being. What separates them are the details of everyday life; what unites them is the dream of a better life and a better future for our planet.

Leonardo s Vision

Author : Valerie A. Brown
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Brings together a portfolio of ideas, strategies and tools that support collective decision-making among individuals, communities, professions and organisations. The long-term goal in the book is for a just, secure and sustainable future.

How Bright the Vision

Author : James Maxwell Young
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Anatomy of Science Fiction

Author : Donald E. Morse
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This wide-ranging collection of essays re-opens the connection between science fiction and the increasingly science-fictional world. Kevin Alexander Boon reminds us of the degree to which the epistemology of science fiction infects modern political discourse. Kàroly PintÃ(c)r explores the narrative structures of utopian estrangement, and Tamàs BÃ(c)nyei and Brian Attebery take us deeper into the cultural exchanges between science fiction and the literary and political worlds. In the second half, Donald Morse, Nicholas Ruddick and Ã0/00va Federmayer look at the way in which science fiction has tackled major ethical issues, while Amy Novak and Kàlmàn Matolcsy consider memory and evolution as cultural batteries. The book ends with important discussions of East German and Hungarian science fiction by Usch Kiausch and Donald Morse respectively. I envisage that the book will find a market both among academics and as a recommended text to undergraduates as it offers interesting essays on important readers. The tendency for science fiction to be offered as a literature class to science majors is not usually considered, but this book would be particularly appropriate for such a market. Dr. Farah Mendelsohn, Middlesex University

Utopia

Author : Alistair Fox
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Thomas More's Utopia remains indisputably the most potent work in the genre of writing that it initiated and in fact named. Since it was published in 1516 - in a Tudor-ruled England responding to the wave of humanist thought sweeping across Europe - this fantasy voyage has inspired centuries of social reformers, who have embraced More's fiction as a realistic blueprint for a new, ideal society. On the literary side, writers from Jonathan Swift to George Orwell have plied the genre More invented, and yet none has arrived at a conclusion more prophetic than the original: that the dogged quest for an imagined ideal generates doubt that this ideal would be as attractive in practice as in theory, and that, given what we know of human nature, such an ideal could ever be implemented. In Utopia: An Elusive Vision Alistair Fox places More's masterwork in the context of the reform aspirations of early-sixteenth-century European humanists, tracing the stages of its composition to show how and why the book came to be inherently paradoxical and showing us why the book in many ways presaged the rise of Martin Luther and the watershed Protestant Reformation. Fox lucidly explores the complex, equivocal nature of More's vision, which, he contends, was conditioned not only by More's recognition that people's desire for ideal social order conflicts with many of their most basic impulses but also by his propensity for seeing most issues simultaneously from contradictory perspectives. This paradox and tension led More to create a fiction that, according to Fox, allows human imperfection to interrogate the validity of the "ideal" society the fiction presents, without confirming or subverting it. With Utopia More encourages readers to explore what he reveals to be a perpetual dilemma in utopianism itself. Fox concludes that, by thus encompassing and provoking the full range of reactions that subsequent utopias and "dystopias" would likely elicit, More's Utopia is both the prototype and epitome of the utopian genre itself. Fox's engaging study is the most extensive treatment of Utopia to date, examining the work as one which evolved in response to More's changing emotional perceptions and treating More's text as a vehicle for intellectual exploration rather than a definitive proclamation. Utopia: An Elusive Vision, replete with historical detail and an overview of criticism of More's text through four centuries, allows readers to discern for themselves the features that contribute to Utopia's intellectual and rhetorical complexity.