Unthinking the Future of Race in Late Twentieth-Century American Utopian Novels
Chapter 3: Accounting for the Remainder in the Imagination of the 1970s Utopian Subject
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Accounting for the Remainder in the Imagination of the 1970s Utopian Subject
As US politics plunges to the right, as the aspirations of the activists and adherents of the 1960s movements are forsaken, as indeed the legacy of those struggles is twisted and tortured into service as an obstacle to the achievement of real social and racial justice, the attempt to imagine a greater and more robust democracy, racially inclusive as well as substantially egalitarian, seems almost utopian. Still, I submit that it is precisely that task which most cries out for thought and action today. Those who wish to halt the gallop to the right need to be able to envision a convincing political alternative, if the cause of racial justice, and indeed of radical democracy, is ever to resume its advance.
— HOWARD WINANT1
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