Utopia/dystopia : conditions of historical possibility /
|Imprint:||Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2010.|
|Description:||vi, 293 p. ; 25 cm.|
|Series:||Publication in partnership with the Shelby Cullom Davis Center at Princeton University|
|Subject:||Utopias -- History.|
Dystopias -- History.
|URL for this record:||http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/8136473|
The concepts of utopia and dystopia have received much historical attention. Utopias have traditionally signified the ideal future: large-scale social, political, ethical, and religious spaces that have yet to be realized. Utopia/Dystopia offers a fresh approach to these ideas. Rather than locate utopias in grandiose programs of future totality, the book treats these concepts as historically grounded categories and examines how individuals and groups throughout time have interpreted utopian visions in their daily present, with an eye toward the future. From colonial and postcolonial Africa to pre-Marxist and Stalinist Eastern Europe, from the social life of fossil fuels to dreams of nuclear power, and from everyday politics in contemporary India to imagined architectures of postwar Britain, this interdisciplinary collection provides new understandings of the utopian/dystopian experience.
|Physical Description:||vi, 293 p. ; 25 cm.|
|Bibliography:||Includes bibliographical references and index.|
|ISBN:||9780691146973 (hbk. : alk. paper)|
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