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Transgressive Utopianism

Essays in Honor of Lucy Sargisson


Edited By Raffaella Baccolini and Lyman Tower Sargent

In 2014, when Lucy Sargisson was promoted to professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, at the University of Nottingham, she became the first and, so far, only, professor of utopian studies. This choice symbolized the centrality of utopianism to her life, thought, and educational practice. In three books, each in their own way groundbreaking, a fourth book co-authored by one of us, and in important articles, her work falls into four primary areas: political theory, feminism, environmentalism, and intentional communities, with much of her work intersecting two, three, or even all four. And in all her work, she brings the lens of utopianism to bear on the subject and, in doing so, illuminates both utopianism and the subject at hand. The volume honors Sargisson’s contributions to the field of utopian studies, with contributions by Ibtisam Ahmed, Raffaella Baccolini, David M. Bell, Suryamayi Clarence-Smith, Chris Coates, Elena Colombo, Davina Cooper, Rhiannon Firth, Ruth Levitas, Sarah Lohmann, Almudena Machado-Jiménez, Dunja M. Mohr, Tom Moylan, Robyn Muir, José Reis, Lyman Tower Sargent, Lucy Sargisson, Simon Spiegel, Maria Varsam, and Laura Winter.

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Lucy Sargisson’s Publications


Sargisson, Lucy. Fool’s Gold? Utopianism in the Twenty-First Century. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Sargisson, Lucy and Lyman Tower Sargent. Living in Utopia: New Zealand’s Intentional Communities. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004. Extract published as “Lessons from New Zealand.” Diggers & Dreamers: The Guide to Communal Living 2008/2009. Ed. Sarah Bunker, Chris Coates, and Jonathan How. London: Diggers and Dreamers Publications, 2007. 89–102.

Sargisson, Lucy. Utopian Bodies and the Politics of Transgression. London and New York: Routledge, 2000.

Sargisson, Lucy. Contemporary Feminist Utopianism. London: Routledge, 1996.

Sargisson, Lucy. Contemporary Feminist Utopianism I: Form and Content. Keele Research Paper, 11. Keele, England: Department of Politics, Keele University, 1995.

Sargisson, Lucy. Contemporary Feminist Utopianism II: Function. Keele Research Paper, 15. Keele, England: Department of Politics, Keele University, 1995.

Sargisson, Lucy. “Swimming Against the Tide: Collaborative Housing and Practices of Sharing.” Sharing Economies in Times of Crisis. Ed. Anthony Ince and Sarah Marie Hall. London: Routledge, 2018. 145–159.

Sargisson, Lucy and Lyman Tower Sargent. “Lived Utopianism: Everyday Life and Intentional Communities.” Communal Societies 37.1 (2017): 1–23.

Sargent, Lyman Tower and Lucy Sargisson. “Sex in Utopia: Eutopian and Dystopian Sexual Relations.” Utopian Studies 25.2 (2014): 299–320.

Sargisson, Lucy. “A Breath of Fresh Air.” Tom Moylan. Demand the Impossible: Science Fiction and the Utopian Imagination. Ed. Raffaella Baccolini. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2014. 231.

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