The Concept of Utopia

Author: Ruth Levitas

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing

ISBN: 9781906165338

Category: Utopian socialism

Page: 264

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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.

Utopia as Method

The Imaginary Reconstitution of Society

Author: R. Levitas

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137314257

Category: Political Science

Page: 268

View: 6290

Utopia should be understood as a method rather than a goal. This book rehabilitates utopia as a repressed dimension of the sociological and in the process produces the Imaginary Reconstitution of Society, a provisional, reflexive and dialogic method for exploring alternative possible futures.

Utopia from Thomas More to Walter Benjamin

Author: Miguel Abensour

Publisher: Univocal Publishing

ISBN: 9781945414008

Category: Philosophy

Page: 114

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"Utopia poses a question. Not simply in the sense of a problem to be resolved and at the same time eliminated . . . but in the sense that, within the economy of the human condition, utopia, the aim of social alterity--of all social otherness--is ceaselessly being reborn, coming back to life despite all the blows rained down upon it, as if human resistance had taken up residence within it." For the French philosopher Miguel Abensour, the fictional genre of utopia has provided thinkers and artists a fertile ground to explore for the past 500 years, both as a way to imagine new emancipatory practices of shared existence and as a tyrannical imposition of power. Here, Abensour's project is to examine the idea of utopia in two different but powerful moments in its trajectory: first, utopia's beginning, when Thomas More sought a path for justice through a world in transformation, and second, when utopia faced its greatest danger, the moment that Walter Benjamin called "catastrophe."

Tenses of Imagination

Raymond Williams on Science Fiction, Utopia and Dystopia

Author: Raymond Williams,Andrew Milner

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039118267

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 243

View: 7162

Raymond Williams was an enormously influential figure in late twentieth-century intellectual life as a novelist, playwright and critic, "the British Sartre," as The Times put it. He was a central inspiration for the early British New Left and a close intellectual supporter of Plaid Cymru. He is widely acknowledged as one of the "founding fathers" of cultural studies, who established "cultural materialism" as a new paradigm for work in both literary and cultural studies. There is a substantial secondary literature on Williams, which treats his life and work in each of these respects. But none of it makes much of his enduring contribution to utopian studies and science fiction studies. This volume brings together a complete collection of Williams's critical essays on science fiction and futurology, Utopia, and dystopia, in literature, film, television, and politics, and with extracts from his two future novels, The Volunteers (1978) and The Fight for Manod (1979). Both the collection as a whole and the individual readings are accompanied by introductory essays written by Andrew Milner. "With the twenty-first-century reader very much in mind, Andrew Milner's selection of texts offers a new, `alternative' Raymond Williams - the critic and occasional author of science fiction, the futurologist, the wary, self-questioning Utopian thinker for whom intellectual pessimism is a lazy response and never the last word." Professor Patrick Parrinder, University of Reading "The future was the ultimate stake in all Raymond Williams's thinking and writing, as Andrew Milner simply and powerfully shows us now, by assembling a volume of writings on science fiction and utopianism that turns out to be a very substantial, wide-ranging reader in Williams's work as a whole. The defining importance of `the sense of the future,' as he called it, the future as the essential discipline of political and moral imagination, is the lesson of this very welcome collection." Professor Francis Mulhern, Middlesex University

Utopia Method Vision

The Use Value of Social Dreaming

Author: Tom Moylan,Raffaella Baccolini

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039109128

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 345

View: 9659

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.

Technically Together

Re-thinking Community Within Techno-society

Author: Michele A. Willson

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820476131

Category: Social Science

Page: 250

View: 301

Mobile phones and SMS (short message service), the Internet and email, are digital technologies that are transforming our ways of being together. Or are they? Cutting through the hype about how the Internet is revolutionizing the ways we relate to one another, Michele A. Willson offers a wide-ranging investigation of community in the digital age. "Technically Together" takes the reader on a thoughtful tour of the key writings on community and technology and the current debates that surround them to provide a clear understanding of the challenges new technologies present for theories of social interaction. Drawing on the political and social theory of a broad range of theorists from Charles Taylor and Jean-Luc Nancy to Mark Poster, and the most influential minds in the philosophy of technology from Marshall McLuhan to Martin Heidegger, "Technically Together" offers new ways of thinking about digitally mediated community.

Social Media and Music

The Digital Field of Cultural Production

Author: Hiesun Cecilia Suhr

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9781433114472

Category: Art

Page: 139

View: 2751

This book explores social networking sites as the digital field of cultural production by loosely drawing from Pierre Bourdieu's notion of field and capital. The book examines four case studies on MySpace, YouTube, Second Life, and Indaba Music, and the roles and the impact they have on the music industry and musicians. In doing so, the author explores the groundbreaking developments that empower independent musicians and problematizes the emergence of a variety of issues symptomatic of social media environments at the height of convergence culture.

Exploring Religious Community Online

We are One in the Network

Author: Heidi Campbell

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820471051

Category: Computers

Page: 213

View: 7379

Exploring Religious Community Online is the first comprehensive study of the development and implications of online communities for religious groups. This book investigates religious community online by examining how Christian communities have adopted internet technologies, and looks at how these online practices pose new challenges to offline religious community and culture.


Life Without Objects

Author: Peter Lang,William Menking

Publisher: Skira - Berenice

ISBN: 9788884915696

Category: Architecture

Page: 231

View: 4449

"This book, by examining over a decade of Superstudio history, seeks to recover the broad range of Superstudio's actions, projects, and critical ideology, in an attempt to explain the sublime beauty of their visions."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Racial Horizon of Utopia

Unthinking the Future of Race in Late Twentieth-Century American Utopian Novels

Author: Edward K. Chan

Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften

ISBN: 9783034319164

Category: American fiction

Page: 226

View: 6107

Race and utopia have been fundamental features of US American culture since the origins of the country. However, racial ideology has often contradicted the ideals of social and political equality in the United States. This book surveys reimaginings of race in major late twentieth-century US American utopian novels from the 1970s to the 1990s. Dorothy Bryant, Marge Piercy, Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler and Kim Stanley Robinson all present radical new configurations of race in a more ideal society, yet continually encounter an ideological blockage as the horizon beyond which we cannot rethink race. Nevertheless, these novels create productive strains of thinking to grapple with the question of race in US American culture. Drawing on feminist theory and critiques of democracy, the author argues that our utopian dreams cannot be furthered unless we come to terms with the phenomenology of race and the impasse of the individual in liberal humanist democracy.

Re-theorizing Discipline in Education

Problems, Politics, & Possibilities

Author: Zsuzsa Millei (Ed),Tom G. Griffiths,Robert John Parkes

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9781433109669

Category: Education

Page: 192

View: 4007

understandings that can make a difference in students' lives. --

Material Virtualities

Approaching Online Textual Embodiment

Author: Jenny Sundén

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9780820462042

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 225

View: 8867

What does it mean to be embodied online? What are the conditions of cybersubjectivity? In <I>Material Virtualities, Jenny Sunden explores the rarely acknowledged borderland between typists and textual bodies, speaking and writing, and physicality and imagination in online encounters. Through careful ethnographic investigations of a text-based virtual world called WaterMOO, Sunden shows how texts, bodies, and machines are linked together in ways that demand a new understanding of the writing subject. Drawing on contemporary feminist and queer theory, she questions the opposition between disembodied, high-tech masculinity and embodied, earth-bound femininity, insisting on the need for a radical materialization of cybercultural studies that discloses the -virtual- as itself embodied."

Imagining and Making the World

Reconsidering Architecture and Utopia

Author: Nathaniel Coleman

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9783034301206

Category: Architecture

Page: 349

View: 4885

Although the association between architecture and utopia might appear obvious from within the domain of utopian studies, architects have long attempted to dissociate themselves from utopia. This collection interrogates the metatheoretical problematic for ongoing intellectual work on architecture and utopia.

Metamorphoses of Science Fiction

Author: Darko Suvin

Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften

ISBN: 9783034319485

Category: Literary form

Page: 466

View: 9761

Back in print for the first time since the 1980s, this book is a touchstone for literary and theoretical criticism of science fiction and related genres. Alongside the 1979 text, this edition contains three additional essays by Suvin that update and reconsider the terms of his original intervention, as well as a new introduction and preface.

Critical Pedagogy

Where are We Now?

Author: Peter McLaren,Joe L. Kincheloe

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820481470

Category: Education

Page: 411

View: 889

Presents a collection of essays that focus on the topic of critical pedagoy and its response to the moral, economic, and social issues in the world.

Happiness, Hope, and Despair

Rethinking the Role of Education

Author: Peter Roberts

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781433120985


Page: 140

View: 9396

In the Western world it is usually taken as given that we all want happiness, and our educational arrangements tacitly acknowledge this. Happiness, Hope, and Despair argues, however, that education has an important role to play in deepening our understanding of suffering and despair as well as happiness and joy. Education can be uncomfortable, unpredictable, and unsettling; it can lead to greater uncertainty and unhappiness. Drawing on the work of Søren Kierkegaard, Miguel de Unamuno, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Simone Weil, Paulo Freire, and others, Peter Roberts shows why these features of educational life need not be feared; to the contrary, they can be seen as a source of hope and human fulfilment. After years of negotiating an education system dominated by the language of competition, performance, and economic advancement, students and teachers often long for something different; they seek not just measurable success but also opportunities to ask searching questions of themselves and the world they encounter. Happiness, Hope, and Despair makes an important contribution toward meeting this need. It fosters a rethinking of the nature, purpose, and value of education, and opens up possibilities for further scholarly and professional inquiry.

Online Territories

Globalization, Mediated Practice, and Social Space

Author: Miyase Christensen,André Jansson,Christian Christensen

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9781433107979

Category: Computers

Page: 302

View: 7938

Online Territories brings together key research and writings in the interdisciplinary study of new media and society in order to address a number of questions arising from the ways in which online technologies are currently being envisioned, used and experienced. In doing so, it offers an up-to-date contextualization of online practices and explores, from a variety of perspectives, the emergence of new experiences/routines in relation to, and new conceptions of, social space. A central rationale for this volume is the need for further, research-based contextualization of preexisting theories related with globalization, mobility, citizenship and civic participation, socio-spatial dynamics and network society, for example. Online territories are traced in relation to three distinct and interrelated pathways – the everyday; the civic and the public; and the transnational/translocal –by taking mediation, communicative practice and social space as departure points. The volume ends with an Afterword by David Morley.

Atlas Shrugged

Author: Ayn Rand

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101137193

Category: Fiction

Page: 1088

View: 2421

Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller. Who is John Galt? When he says that he will stop the motor of the world, is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battles not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the amazing men and women in this book. You will discover why a productive genius becomes a worthless playboy...why a great steel industrialist is working for his own destruction...why a composer gives up his career on the night of his triumph...why a beautiful woman who runs a transcontinental railroad falls in love with the man she has sworn to kill. Atlas Shrugged, a modern classic and Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism—her groundbreaking philosophy—offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century’s leading artists.

Utopian Man

Author: Lisa Lang

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1742691226

Category: Fiction

Page: 248

View: 6445

'Really impressive, vivid and enjoyable.' Cate Kennedy It's the 1880s and Marvellous Melbourne is a lavish and raucous city where anything could happen. Eccentric entrepreneur Edward William Cole is building the sprawling Cole's Book Arcade and filling it with whatever amuses him, or supports his favourite causes: a giant squid, a brass band, monkeys, a black man whose skin has turned white, a Chinese tea salon, and of course, hundreds of thousands of books. When Edward decides to marry he advertises for a wife in the newspaper, shocking and titillating the whole town. To everyone's surprise he marries his broadsheet bride and the Arcade grows into a monumental success. But the 1890s depression hits Melbourne - and Edward - hard, and the death of one of his children leaves him reeling. Grief, corruption and a beautiful, unscrupulous widow all threaten to derail his singular vision. But it's not until he visits Chinatown one night - and his own deeply suppressed past - that the idealist faces his toughest challenge. Utopian Man is the story of a man who lives life on his own terms, and leaves behind a remarkable legacy.

Pedagogy of Insurrection

From Resurrection to Revolution

Author: Peter McLaren

Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften

ISBN: 9781433128974

Category: Education

Page: 465

View: 8564

Peter McLaren, named Outstanding Educator in America by the Association of Educators of Latin America and the Caribbean in 2013 and winner of numerous awards for his scholarship and international political activism, has penned another classic work with Pedagogy of Insurrection. One of the educators that Ana Maria (Nita) Araújo Freire credits as an architect of what has come to be known worldwide as critical pedagogy, and who Paulo Freire named his ‘intellectual cousin,’ McLaren has consistently produced iconoclastic work that has been heralded by educators worldwide as among some of the most significant commentary on the state of education. He is Honorary President of the Instituto McLaren de Pedagogía Crítica y Educación Popular in Ensenada, México, and Honorary Director of the Center for Critical Pedagogy Research at Northeast Normal University in China.