Utopia/dystopia : conditions of historical possibility / Michael D. Gordin, Helen Tilley, and Gyan Prakash, editors.

Contributor(s): Gordin, Michael D | Tilley, Helen, 1968- | Prakash, Gyan, 1952-Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublication in partnership with the Shelby Cullom Davis Center at Princeton University: Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2010Description: 1 online resource (vi, 293 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781400834952; 1400834953Subject(s): Utopias -- History | Dystopias -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Utopia/dystopia.DDC classification: 335/.02 LOC classification: HX806 | .U777 2010Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Utopia as method, or the uses of the future / Fredric Jameson -- Literacy and futurity: millennial dreaming on the nineteenth- century southern African frontier / Jennifer Wenzel -- Bourgeois categories made global: the utopian and actual lives of historical documents in India / Dipesh Chakrabarty -- The utopia of working phones: Rhodesian independence and the place of race in decolonization / Luise White -- Hydrocarbon utopia / Timothy Mitchell -- Techno-utopian dreams, techno-political realities: the education of desire for the peaceful atom / John Krige -- On cosmopolitanism, the avant- garde, and a lost innocence of central Europe / Marci Shore -- The breath of the possible: everyday utopianism and the street in modernist urbanism / David Pinder -- Stalinist confessions in an age of terror: Messianic times at the Leningrad communist universities / Igal Halfin -- The heterotopias of Dalit politics: becoming- subject and the consumption utopia / Aditya Nigam.
Summary: The concepts of utopia and dystopia have received much historical attention. Utopias have traditionally signified the ideal future: large-scale social, political, ethical, and religious spaces that have yet to be realized. Utopia/Dystopia offers a fresh approach to these ideas. Rather than locate utopias in grandiose programs of future totality, the book treats these concepts as historically grounded categories and examines how individuals and groups throughout time have interpreted utopian visions in their daily present, with an eye toward the future.
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Utopia as method, or the uses of the future / Fredric Jameson -- Literacy and futurity: millennial dreaming on the nineteenth- century southern African frontier / Jennifer Wenzel -- Bourgeois categories made global: the utopian and actual lives of historical documents in India / Dipesh Chakrabarty -- The utopia of working phones: Rhodesian independence and the place of race in decolonization / Luise White -- Hydrocarbon utopia / Timothy Mitchell -- Techno-utopian dreams, techno-political realities: the education of desire for the peaceful atom / John Krige -- On cosmopolitanism, the avant- garde, and a lost innocence of central Europe / Marci Shore -- The breath of the possible: everyday utopianism and the street in modernist urbanism / David Pinder -- Stalinist confessions in an age of terror: Messianic times at the Leningrad communist universities / Igal Halfin -- The heterotopias of Dalit politics: becoming- subject and the consumption utopia / Aditya Nigam.

The concepts of utopia and dystopia have received much historical attention. Utopias have traditionally signified the ideal future: large-scale social, political, ethical, and religious spaces that have yet to be realized. Utopia/Dystopia offers a fresh approach to these ideas. Rather than locate utopias in grandiose programs of future totality, the book treats these concepts as historically grounded categories and examines how individuals and groups throughout time have interpreted utopian visions in their daily present, with an eye toward the future.

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Michael D. Gordin is associate professor of history at Princeton University. Helen Tilley teaches history at Birkbeck College, University of London. Gyan Prakash is the Dayton-Stockton Professor of History at Prince- ton University.

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