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In moving away from more traditional conceptions of utopia and analyzing utopian and dystopian impulses in unusual and rewarding contexts, this book breaks new ground. There are books about utopian movements, utopianism, and utopian impulses, but none match this book's diversity and breadth of coverage. -- David Frisby, London School of Economics and Political Science The novelty of this collection lies in its approach to utopianism, not as the pursuit of ideal imaginary states to be realized in the future, but as impulses propelling people to reimagine the historical present. The contributors offer informative, critical, and significant essays tied together by a coherent theme. The book makes a novel contribution to the study of contemporary global history. -- Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University
Introduction: Utopia and Dystopia beyond Space and Time 1 PART ONE: ANIMA CHAPTER 1: Fredric Jameson Utopia as Method, or the Uses of the Future 21 CHAPTER 2: Jennifer Wenzel Literacy and Futurity: Millennial Dreaming on the Nineteenth- Century Southern African Frontier 45 CHAPTER 3: Dipesh Chakrabarty Bourgeois Categories Made Global: The Utopian and Actual Lives of Historical Documents in India 73 CHAPTER 4: Luise White The Utopia of Working Phones: Rhodesian Independence and the Place of Race in Decolonization 94 CHAPTER 5: Timothy Mitchell Hydrocarbon Utopia 117 PART TWO: ARTIFICE CHAPTER 6: John Krige Techno- Utopian Dreams, Techno- Political Realities: The Education of Desire for the Peaceful Atom 151 CHAPTER 7: Marci Shore On Cosmopolitanism, the Avant- Garde, and a Lost Innocence of Central Europe 176 CHAPTER 8: David Pinder The Breath of the Possible: Everyday Utopianism and the Street in Modernist Urbanism 203 CHAPTER 9: Igal Halfin Stalinist Confessions in an Age of Terror: Messianic Times at the Leningrad Communist Universities 231 CHAPTER 10: Aditya Nigam The Heterotopias of Dalit Politics: Becoming- Subject and the Consumption Utopia 250 List of Contributors 277 Index 281
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.
"[The authors'] project is a necessary and timely one and some of the chapters are excellent and add a great deal to our understanding of non-western utopianism... Utopia/Dystopia: Conditions of Historical Possibility is an essential collection for academics and post-graduate students interested in utopia and dystopia today."--Mark Featherstone, British Journal of Sociology "[T]his book not only shows different concepts of utopia and dystopia but also presents an illuminating overview of some historical facts."--Katarzyna Lesniewska, European Spatial Research Policy