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Imagining Utopia in an Unfree World

Rick Turner on Morality, Inequality and Existentialism

Mary Ryan

as a profit motive instead of contributing to reforms which promulgate a more just, equal or charitable society. Utopia for Turner is a rejection of the status quo and the limitations bequeathed from capitalism. A world in which people cannot envision

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John Storey

This article has two parts. The first discusses Thomas More's Utopia and its concern with human happiness. This is followed by an outline of what I mean by radical utopianism and how it has the power to defamiliarise our complicity with power

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Constanza Parra and Casey Walsh

-ecological relations. We use the word utopia to describe these alternative visions five centuries to the year after Thomas More’s published his classic work with that title (1516). It is a word, we believe, that now more than ever captures the conundrums of modern

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Zoe Bray and Christian Thauer

Introduction This article explores corporate social responsibility in relation to globalization utopias and dystopias. On the one hand, globalization is a new political space that provides hope for a better life to many underprivileged people

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Jewish Messianism and Revolutionary Utopias in Central Europe

Erich Fromm’s Early Writings (1922–1930)

Michael Löwy

the Romantic Jewish generation, who distrusted rationalism, industrial progress and liberalism, and who will be rather attracted to the anarchist utopia – or to communism – rather than social democracy. In the specific context of Central European

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Democracy as an Open-ended Utopia

Reviving a Sense of Uncoerced Political Possibility

Steven Friedman

Utopian thought has been discredited because attempts to re-engineer society using Utopian formulae have invariably produced violence and despotism. But the apparent eclipse of Utopia has left a yawning gap, for economic and social conditions across the globe suggest a need for alternatives to the reigning social order - and thus for Utopian thinking which avoids the pitfalls of 'classical' Utopias. This needs to begin by recognising that the chief flaw in earlier Utopias is that they aspired to a world in which contention and conflict were banished. If Utopia is imagined as a state in which contest persists but in which all can contest equally without violence, it becomes a state in which democratic difference is not abolished - as in earlier Utopias - but in which it reaches its fulfillment. By conceptualising democracy as an 'openended' Utopia we can reconstruct the vision of an alternative which will legitimise neither violence nor the suppression of difference. Utopia is, in the mainstream of social and political thought, no longer seen as a subject for serious discussion. It is necessary that it become one again.

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Richard Widick and John Foran

just and ecologically sustainable world economic system. Consequential Utopias? “Utopia”—originally from the Greek ou for “not,” or “no,” combined with topos , the word for “place,” yields the meaning “no place” or, better put, “no actually existing

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From Religious Transcendence to Political Utopia

The Legacy of Richard Turner for Post-Apartheid Political Thought

Laurence Piper

In recent times South African politics has come to exhibit features typical of many post-colonial contexts, not least the rise of acrimonious and confrontational politics based around personalities and forms of populism. In such contexts rational dialogue and democratic deliberation become increasingly difficult to get going and to sustain. Drawing on Richard Turner's The Eye of the Needle, first published some forty years ago, the paper examines the role religion, and religious organisations, could play in returning such acrimonious public debate to more democratic and visionary grounds. The key point is that religion offers a form of transcendence from the divisive and bitter particularities that animate contemporary political conflicts. It does this through the spiritual affirmation of our shared human worth due to the love of God(s). From this recognition, achieved through spiritual appeals, the conditions for more rational and democratic debate can be retrieved. In addition, religious transcendence redeems the value of utopian thinking, and thus could help re-orientate public debate from a politics of blame for past wrongs to a politics of imagining of future rights.

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Passing the Talking Stick

Resilience-Making through Storytelling

Tammy Williams

Young Indigenous Women's Utopia . 2019. Treaty 6 Traditional Homeland of the Metis People (Saskatoon, SK): Self-published with support from York University, McGill University, and Networks for Change and Well-being: Girl-led ‘from the ground up

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Civilization as the Undesired World

Radical Environmentalism and the Uses of Dystopia in Times of Climate Crisis

Stine Krøijer

visions in shaping collective forms of action and state-building projects (see Buck-Morss 2000 ), anthropologists have engaged the concept of utopia in studies of indigenous and peasant rebellions in Latin America ( Arguedas 2001 ; Fernández and Brown