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dc.contributor.authorDavidson, Joe PL
dc.date.accessioned2021-10-22T17:22:28Z
dc.date.available2021-10-22T17:22:28Z
dc.date.issued2021-11
dc.identifier.issn0011-3921
dc.identifier.other10.1177_0011392120969758
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/329784
dc.description.abstract<jats:p> This article is focused on exploring the value of literary utopias for social theory. The literary utopia, at first glance, appears irrelevant to sociology, its imaginative descriptions of social worlds both radically different and substantively better than our own seeming to skip over the central task of sociological enquiry: the diagnosis of society as it exists. In this article, the author aims to demonstrate that this is mistaken: the tradition of literary utopianising has much to contribute to sociology. Utopian authors, from Thomas More in the sixteenth century to Ursula K Le Guin in the twentieth, have developed a sophisticated and original mode of social critique. The utopian text, in bricolating and remixing aspects of actually existing society, creates something both new and astonishing. In looking laterally at the world from the perspective of utopia, consciousness of the contradictions and repressions of the dominant relations in contemporary society is sharpened. The literary utopia achieves this in two ways: first, it demonstrates how the not yet realised norms of the author’s society can be fulfilled and, second, it discloses the hidden possibilities for new ways of living that are present but denied in the social world. </jats:p>
dc.languageen
dc.publisherSAGE Publications
dc.rightsEmbargo: ends 2020-11-16
dc.subjectArticles
dc.subjectCritical theory
dc.subjectideology
dc.subjectliterature
dc.subjectpossibility
dc.subjectutopia
dc.subjectIdéologie
dc.subjectlittérature
dc.subjectpossibilité
dc.subjectthéorie critique
dc.subjectutopie
dc.subjectIdeología
dc.subjectliteratura
dc.subjectposibilidad
dc.subjectteoría crítica
dc.subjectutopía
dc.titleLooking laterally: The literary utopia and the task of critical social theory
dc.typeArticle
dc.date.updated2021-10-22T17:22:26Z
prism.endingPage1084
prism.issueIdentifier7
prism.publicationNameCurrent Sociology
prism.startingPage1069
prism.volume69
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.77229
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1177/0011392120969758
rioxxterms.versionVoR
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2020-11-16
dc.contributor.orcidDavidson, Joe PL [0000-0003-1800-3771]
dc.identifier.eissn1461-7064
pubs.funder-project-idEconomic and Social Research Council (ES/J500033/1)
cam.issuedOnline2020-11-16
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2020-11-16


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