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Utopianism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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There are many debates about what constitutes a utopia. Are utopias benign or dangerous? Is the idea of utopianism essential to Christianity or heretical? What is the relationship between utopia and ideology? In this Very Short Introduction, Lyman Sargent, one of the leading scholars in the field of utopian studies, explores these issues and examines utopianism and its history, discussing the role of utopianism in literature and in the development of colonies and in immigration. The idea of utopia has become commonplace in social and political thought, both negatively and positively. Sargent notes that some thinkers see a trajectory from utopia to totalitarianism, with violence an inevitable part of the mix. Others see utopia directly connected to freedom and as a necessary element in the fight against totalitarianism. In Christianity, utopia is labeled as both heretical and as a fundamental part of Christian belief, and such debates are also central to such fields as architecture, town and city planning, and sociology among many others. Sargent addresses all these issues in this clear, compact introduction.

About the Author

Lyman Sargent is a Fellow of the Stout Research Centre at the Victoria University of Wellington and a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the primary bibliographer in the field of utopian literature.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements

1. The forms of Utopian literature

2. Intentional communities

3. Nonwestern utopianism

4. Settler/colonial utopianism

5. Utopia and political theory

6. Ideology and utopia

7. Utopia and Christianity

Conclusion

References and further reading

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199573400
Author:
Sargent, Lyman Tower
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
null, Lyman Tower
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Political Ideologies - General
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Politics | Political Theory
Subject:
Politics - General
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 black and white halftones
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
4.3 x 6.8 x 0.4 in 0.3 lb

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