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The Concept of Utopia:

The Concept of Utopia: Ruth Levitas Philip Allan : New York/London 1990 i10 .95 ISBN 0 86003 700 2 Reviewed by Richard Gunn Currently, academic study of utopian theory and practice is on the increase, providing a welcome corrective to both the 'new realism' of the Thatcher era and the nihilism of much post-modern thought . However, a recurrent problem besetting utopian studies is that of defining the boundaries of its subject- matter : what counts as utopian? Sometimes a broad definition is favoured, so that everything from advertisements and day- dreams to apocalyptic visions of an end of history is deemed 'utopian' . At other times discussion proceeds under a more restrictive definition, in terms, for example, of only those fictional texts in which an allegedly ideal society is portrayed . MWO Ruth Levitas, in her lucid and generally excellent The Concept of Utopia, supplies a state-of-the-art discussion of these definitio- nal debates . Utopian historiography from the nineteenth century up to the 1980s is covered, and there are major discussions of Marx and Engels on the Utopian Socialists, of Sorel, Mannheim, Ernst Bloch, William . These latter writers not Morris and Marcuse merely problematise the category of utopia but, in varying http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Capital and Class SAGE

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Copyright © 2019 by The Conference of Socialist Economists Ltd
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0309-8168
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2041-0980
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10.1177/030981689004200109
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Ruth Levitas Philip Allan : New York/London 1990 i10 .95 ISBN 0 86003 700 2 Reviewed by Richard Gunn Currently, academic study of utopian theory and practice is on the increase, providing a welcome corrective to both the 'new realism' of the Thatcher era and the nihilism of much post-modern thought . However, a recurrent problem besetting utopian studies is that of defining the boundaries of its subject- matter : what counts as utopian? Sometimes a broad definition is favoured, so that everything from advertisements and day- dreams to apocalyptic visions of an end of history is deemed 'utopian' . At other times discussion proceeds under a more restrictive definition, in terms, for example, of only those fictional texts in which an allegedly ideal society is portrayed . MWO Ruth Levitas, in her lucid and generally excellent The Concept of Utopia, supplies a state-of-the-art discussion of these definitio- nal debates . Utopian historiography from the nineteenth century up to the 1980s is covered, and there are major discussions of Marx and Engels on the Utopian Socialists, of Sorel, Mannheim, Ernst Bloch, William . These latter writers not Morris and Marcuse merely problematise the category of utopia but, in varying

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