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by Helen Tilley,Michael D. Gordin

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ISBN:
0691146985
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Helen Tilley,Michael D. Gordin
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Princeton University Press (September 12, 2010)
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Michael D. Gordin, Helen Tilley and Gyan Prakash. Utopias and dystopias are histories of the present. Even before we begin to explain that sentence, some readers may feel a nagging concern, for the very term utopia often sounds a little shopworn

Michael D. Even before we begin to explain that sentence, some readers may feel a nagging concern, for the very term utopia often sounds a little shopworn. It carries with it the trappings of an elaborate thought experiment, a kind of parlor game for intellectuals who set themselves the task of designing a future society, a perfect society-following the pun on the name in Greek (no place, good place: imaginary yet positive).

Michael D. Gordin, Helen Tilley, Gyan Prakash. Utopia/Dystopia offers a fresh approach to these ideas

Michael D. 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.

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.

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Utopia/Dystopia: Conditions of Historical Possibility. Michael D. Gordin is associate professor of history at Princeton University. his book not only shows different concepts of utopia and dystopia but also presents an illuminating overview of some historical facts. Helen Tilley teaches history at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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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.

The essays look at such issues as imaginary utopian perspectives leading to the 1856-57 Xhosa Cattle Killing in South Africa, the functioning racist utopia behind the Rhodesian independence movement, the utopia of the peaceful atom and its global dissemination in the mid-1950s, the possibilities for an everyday utopia in modern cities, and how the Stalinist purges of the 1930s served as an extension of the utopian/dystopian relationship.

The contributors are Dipesh Chakrabarty, Igal Halfin, Fredric Jameson, John Krige, Timothy Mitchell, Aditya Nigam, David Pinder, Marci Shore, Jennifer Wenzel, and Luise White.