Fool's Gold?: Utopianism in the Twenty-First Century

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jul 17, 2012 - Philosophy - 301 pages
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What's wrong with the world today and how might it become better (or worse)? These are the questions pursued in this book, which explores the hopes and fears, dreams and nightmares of the 21st century. Through architecture, fiction, theory, film and experiments with everyday life, Sargisson explores contemporary hopes and fears about the future.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Utopianism Antiutopianism and AntiAntiUtopianism
6
2 Religious Fundamentalism
41
3 Feminism and Gender
55
4 Sex and Sexual Identity
79
5 Climate Change and Catastrophe Fiction
98
6 Human Attitudes to Nature
116
7 Green Intentional Communities
129
10 Computer Gaming
189
11 Cloning Cyborgs and Robots
208
Conclusion
239
Notes
244
Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 Aims and Guiding Principles
263
List of Primary Sources
266
Bibliography
274
Index
296

8 Fantastic Architecture and the Case of Dubai
146
New Urbanism and Cohousing
167

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About the author (2012)

LUCY SARGISSON Associate Professor in Politics, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham, UK. This is her fourth book, and she is also the author of Contemporary Feminist Utopianism (1996), Utopian Bodies and the Politics of Transgression (2000) and Living in Utopia: New Zealand's Intentional Communities (with Sargent, 2004).

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