Essays in Everyday Utopianism
©2013 Monographs X, 273 Pages
Series: Ralahine Utopian Studies, Volume 11
This volume explores the connection between two phenomena usually thought to be utterly incongruous, even antithetical: ‘utopia’ and ‘everyday life’. It presents a series of essays, written over the last twenty years, which rethink the nature and prospects of utopianism in a world that has grown increasingly sceptical as to the possibility of systemic socio-political transformation in a positive direction. Through critical interdisciplinary engagements with a wide variety of thinkers ranging from Mikhail Bakhtin to Henri Lefebvre and beyond, many of whom are often read as anti-utopian figures, the essays argue that it is possible to locate utopian promises buried deep within the embodied rituals, practices and symbolic forms associated with everyday existence, in a manner that reveals the essential openness of the present day to momentous future change.
- X, 273
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- Publication date
- 2012 (December)
- transformation promises rituals
- Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2013. 274 pp.