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Utopias: A Brief History from Ancient Writings to Virtual Communities

ISBN/ASIN: 9781405183291,9781118496053 | 2012 | English | pdf | 299/299 pages | 1.54 Mb
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell | Author: Howard P. Segal(auth.)

This brief history connects the past and present of utopian thought, from the first utopias in ancient Greece, right up to present day visions of cyberspace communities and paradise. Explores the purpose of utopias, what they reveal about the societies who conceive them, and how utopias have changed over the centuries Unique in including both non-Western and Western visions of utopia Explores the many forms utopias have taken – prophecies and oratory, writings, political movements, world's fairs, physical communities – and also discusses high-tech and cyberspace visions for the first time The first book to analyze the implicitly utopian dimensions of reform crusades like Technocracy of the 1930s and Modernization Theory of the 1950s, and the laptop classroom initiatives of recent years Content:
Chapter 1 The Nature of Utopias (pages 5–15):
Chapter 2 The Variety of Utopias (pages 16–46):
Chapter 3 The European Utopias and Utopians and Their Critics (pages 47–73):
Chapter 4 The American Utopias and Utopians and Their Critics (pages 74–88):
Chapter 5 Growing Expectations of Realizing Utopia in the United States and Europe (pages 89–138):
Chapter 6 Utopia Reconsidered (pages 139–185):
Chapter 7 The Resurgence of Utopianism (pages 186–233):
Chapter 8 The Future of Utopias and Utopianism (pages 234–259):

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