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Rethinking Utopia

Author : David M. Bell
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Over five hundred years since it was named, utopia remains a vital concept for understanding and challenging the world(s) we inhabit, even in – or rather because of – the condition of ‘post-utopianism’ that supposedly permeates them. In Rethinking Utopia David M. Bell offers a diagnosis of the present through the lens of utopia and then, by rethinking the concept through engagement with utopian studies, a variety of ‘radical’ theories and the need for decolonizing praxis, shows how utopianism might work within, against and beyond that which exists in order to provide us with hope for a better future. He proposes paying a ‘subversive fidelity’ to utopia, in which its three constituent terms: ‘good’ (eu), ‘place’ (topos), and ‘no’ (ou) are rethought to assert the importance of immanent, affective relations. The volume engages with a variety of practices and forms to articulate such a utopianism, including popular education/critical pedagogy; musical improvisation; and utopian literature. The problems as well as the possibilities of this utopianism are explored, although the problems are often revealed to be possibilities, provided they are subject to material challenge. Rethinking Utopia offers a way of thinking about (and perhaps realising) utopia that helps overcome some of the binary oppositions structuring much thinking about the topic. It allows utopia to be thought in terms of place and process; affirmation and negation; and the real and the not-yet. It engages with the spatial and affective turns in the social sciences without ever uncritically being subsumed by them; and seeks to make connections to indigenous cosmologies. It is a cautious, careful, critical work punctuated by both pessimism and hope; and a refusal to accept the finality of this or any world.

Introduction to a Poetics of Diversity

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This book reproduces the texts of four lectures, followed by discussions, and two interviews with Lise Gauvin published in Introduction à une poétique du divers (1996); and also four further interviews from L'Imaginaire des langues (Lise Gauvin, 2010). It covers a wide range of topics but key recurring themes are creolization, language and langage, culture and identity, 'monolingualism', the 'Chaos-world' and the role of the writer. Migration and the various different kinds of migrants are also discussed, as is the difference between 'atavistic' and 'composite' communities, the art of translation, identity as a 'rhizome' rather than a single root, the Chaos-World and chaos theory, 'trace thought' as opposed to 'systematic thought', the relation between 'place' and the Whole-World, exoticism, utopias, a new definition of beauty as the realized quantity of differences, the status of literary genres and the possibility that literature as a whole will disappear. Four of the interviews (Chapters 6, 7, 8 and 9) relate to particular works that Glissant has published: Tout-monde, Le monde incrée, La Cohée du Lamentin, Une nouvelle région du monde. Many of these themes have been explored in his previous works, but here, because in all the chapters we see Glissant interacting with the questions and views of other people, they are presented in a particularly accessible form.

The Last Utopians

Author : Michael Robertson
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The entertaining story of four utopian writers—Edward Bellamy, William Morris, Edward Carpenter, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman—and their continuing influence today For readers reared on the dystopian visions of Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Handmaid's Tale, the idea of a perfect society may sound more sinister than enticing. In this lively literary history of a time before "Orwellian" entered the cultural lexicon, Michael Robertson reintroduces us to a vital strain of utopianism that seized the imaginations of late nineteenth-century American and British writers. The Last Utopians delves into the biographies of four key figures--Edward Bellamy, William Morris, Edward Carpenter, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman—who lived during an extraordinary period of literary and social experimentation. The publication of Bellamy's Looking Backward in 1888 opened the floodgates of an unprecedented wave of utopian writing. Morris, the Arts and Crafts pioneer, was a committed socialist whose News from Nowhere envisions a workers' Arcadia. Carpenter boldly argued that homosexuals constitute a utopian vanguard. Gilman, a women's rights activist and the author of "The Yellow Wallpaper," wrote numerous utopian fictions, including Herland, a visionary tale of an all-female society. These writers, Robertson shows, shared a belief in radical equality, imagining an end to class and gender hierarchies and envisioning new forms of familial and romantic relationships. They held liberal religious beliefs about a universal spirit uniting humanity. They believed in social transformation through nonviolent means and were committed to living a simple life rooted in a restored natural world. And their legacy remains with us today, as Robertson describes in entertaining firsthand accounts of contemporary utopianism, ranging from Occupy Wall Street to a Radical Faerie retreat.

Rethinking civilisation in a European feminist context

Author : Katarina Leppänen
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Utopian Visions

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Rethinking Mao

Author : Nick Knight
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Rethinking Mao offers an innovative perspective on the thought of Mao Zedong, the major architect of the Chinese Revolution and leader of the People's Republic of China until his death in 1976. Utilizing a number of recently discovered documents written by Mao, Nick Knight 'rethinks' Mao by subjecting a number of controversial themes to fresh scrutiny. This book provides a sophisticated analysis of Mao's views on the role of the peasants and working class in the Chinese revolution, his theoretical attempt to make Marxism appropriate to Chinese conditions, and his understanding of the Chinese road to socialism. Knight includes a discussion of the theoretical difficulties in interpreting Mao's thought. Rethinking Mao represents a challenge to many of the conventional accounts of Mao and his thoughts. This book will appeal to scholars and students of Chinese history and politics, as well as the history of Marxism in China.

Rethinking the Revolution

Author : Jordi W. Getman-Eraso
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Journal of Mediterranean Studies

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Red Seminars

Author : Peter McLaren
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"Red Seminars is a collection of essays about the crisis of capitalism and democracy and its impact on education. A steadfast proponent of collective scholarship, renowned critical educator Peter McLaren is partnered in this volume with a new generation of radical scholars. The result is a timely study that moves critical pedagogy into new and urgent directions."--BOOK JACKET.

Rethinking Solidarity in Global Society

Author : Darwis Khudori
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Globalization and Utopia

Author : Patrick Hayden
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Taking aim at the belief in utopia's demise, this collection of original essays offers a new look at the vibrant renewal of utopianism emerging in response to the challenges of globalization. It consider questions of hope and transformation associated with the utopian desire for social change.

Rethinking Media Literacy

Author : Peter McLaren
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Who creates the cultural landscape we experience? When we watch the evening news, are we receiving unrevised information straight from the day's headlines or is it positioned in such a way as to 'manufacture consent, ' as Chomsky put it? These are just two of the fascinating questions posed by the authors of this collection as they develop a new form of media literacy that encourages students to become critical readers of the media that attempts to shape their experience. This is an intriguing and wide-ranging critique that makes the perfect text for a variety of courses including curriculum studies, critical pedagogy, media studies, cultural studies and political science

Rethinking Bakhtin

Author : Gary Saul Morson
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Employer-sponsored deferred compensation and welfare benefit plans play major roles today in employee compensation packages. As the popularity of these plans has increased, so has the complexity of the law in this area. This volume is designed to help employee benefits professionals fit deferred compensation arrangements and welfare benefits into employee compensation packages so as to maximize the ultimate financial benefits and minimize the related costs. Special attention is devoted to the tax aspects of such arrangements due to the complexity and potential impact of the Internal Revenue Code. These essays extend Bakhtin's concepts in important new directions and challenge Bakhtin's own use of his most cherished ideas. Four sets of paired essays explore the theory of parody, the relation of de Man's poetics to Bakhtin's dialogics, Bakhtin's approach to Tolstoy and ideological literature generally, and the dangers of dialogue, not only in practice but also as an ideal. Cloth edition ($36.95) not seen by UPBN. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Rethinking Marketing

Author : Alf H. Walle
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Do marketing and consumer research have anything to gain from the humanities and qualitative social sciences? Walle provides professional and aspiring marketers with a rationale for understanding that they do, and a toolkit to help make it possible to use what they've learned. He surveys the social sciences and humanities for instances where by design or accident they have brought their own special viewpoints to bear on the marketing enterprise. But Walle makes clear they become supplements to the scientific method, not surrogates. Readers will grasp quickly what he means and how to apply the lessons the social sciences and humanities teach. His book is a unique, fascinating, readable excursion into realms that marketers might not ordinarily venture into, certainly not for ways to do their work--but that is what they will get: practical new ways to do even the most familiar tasks better.

Utopia and Politics in the Theatre of Howard Barker

Author : Erik Paul Weissengruber
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World Directory of Peace Research and Training Institutions

Author : Unesco. Social and Human Sciences Documentation Centre
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Multilingual Europe

Author : Jane Warren
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As Europe continues to expand and integrate through the European Union, it faces the challenge of ever increasing multilingual and multicultural contact, within and across its borders. This volume presents recent research on European language policy, language contact and multiculturalism that explores how Europe is meeting this challenge. Inspired by intersections and conflicts in language and cultural identity in Europe, the volume transcends disciplinary boundaries by enhancing sociolinguistic research with chapters on cultural identity and language in contemporary European cinema. The book considers the relationships between language and cultural identity in Europe at a time of increasing multicultural complexity, with contributions on Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine, and the linguistic and imaginative spaces between and beyond. The volume highlights the ongoing significance of language and identity for an expanding Europe, and the ways in which situations of linguistic hybridity, interlocution and language contact continue to define Europe and its others.

Contemporary Southeast Asia

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Rethinking African History from Women s gender Perspectives

Author : Chizuko Tominaga
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Rethinking Democracy

Author : Rajni Kothari
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"This book provides a unique insight into India's experience as the world's largest democracy. Covering democratic theory, the state, civil society, participation and the search for global justice, the author evaluates what this experience means for the very idea of democracy. The author powerfully demonstrates that we are at a juncture where democracy has failed, on a local and a global level. The promise of human emancipation has not been delivered and democratic ideals of justice and equality have failed to defeat the aggressive logic of capitalism. His acknowledgement of this disillusionment, however, allows him to search for a new decentralised and participatory democracy with freedom and environmental sustainability at its core." -- BACK COVER.