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Politics, ideology and utopia: a defence of eutopian worlds

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posted on 14.10.2011, 08:49 by Ruth KinnaRuth Kinna
This article examines a recent shift in radical thinking about utopia and a critique of traditional socialist utopianism that has emerged from it. It argues that this new form of utopianism mistakenly treats the idea of future transformation as an illiberal ideological commitment and that it fails to distinguish adequately between different models of socialist utopian thought. The result is a form of utopianism that strips utopia of one of its central elements, the eu-topian aspect. The argument draws on the critique presented by Simon Tormey and a comparative analysis of the socialist utopianism of William Morris—the most celebrated British socialist utopian of the late 19th century—and Ernest Belfort Bax.

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  • Social Sciences

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  • Politics and International Studies

Citation

KENNA, R., 2011. Politics, ideology and utopia: a defence of eutopian worlds. Journal of Political Ideologies, 16 (3), pp. 279-294.

Publisher

© Routledge (Taylor & Francis)

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2011

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This article was published in the Journal of Political Ideologies [© Routledge (Taylor & Francis] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13569317.2011.607295

ISSN

1356-9317;1469-9613

Language

en

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