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The Politics of the (Im)Possible

The Politics of the (Im)Possible
Utopia and Dystopia Reconsidered

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May 2012 | 249 pages | SAGE India
This volume brings together articles on utopia and dystopia in a breadth of disciplines-history, literature, gender studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, and Native American Studies.

Utopia and dystopia are modes and resonances present in all parts of the world, not just Europe and white North America. Equally, utopian and dystopian thought and practice are and have always been gendered. Utopia, memory and temporality often intersect in strange and surprising ways.

Three dimensions are thus central to the enterprise undertaken in this volume:

1 The relationship between utopia/dystopia and time/memory

2 The focus on Europe and areas outside Europe at the same time

3 The gendered analysis of utopia/dystopia

Contributors to this volume include prominent experts in fields as varied as Development Studies, Cultural Studies, Women's Studies and Literature.


Barnita Bagchi
Utopia: Future and/or Alterity?

Miguel Abensour
Echo of an Impossible Return: An Essay Concerning Fredric Jameson's Utopian Thought and Gathering and Hunting Social Relations

Peter Kulchyski
Radicalism in Early Modern England: Innovation or Reformation?

Rachel Foxley
Dystopia, Utopia, and Akhtaruzzaman Elias's Novel Khowabnam

Subhoranjan Dasgupta
Palestine: Land of Utopias

Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun
'One Darling though Terrific Theme': Anna Wheeler and the Rights of Women

Theresa Moriarty
A Parliament of Women: Dystopia in Nineteenth-century Bengali Imagination

Samita Sen
'Empire Builder': A Utopian Alternative to Citizenship for Early 20th Century British 'Ladies'

Martine Spensky
Ladylands and Sacrificial Holes: Utopias and Dystopias in Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain's Writings

Barnita Bagchi
Utopia in the Subjunctive Mood: Bessie Head's When Rain Clouds Gather

Modhumita Roy

Globalization, Development and Resistance of Utopian Dreams to the Praxis of Dystopian Utopia

Marie-Claire Caloz-Tschopp


The book presents an in-depth philosophical account of why 'utopia has been the mother of exact sciences. Writings of different thinkers on utopia and dystopia display a rather complex interplay between the actual and the possible, dream and reality and ideal or the monstrous communities. A must read

The Tribune

This anthology brings together chapters on utopia and dystopia from a rich breadth of disciplines....What is significant about this volume is that it makes readers realize that utopia/dystopia studies cannot be and are not restricted to any period of time and place.

The Statesman

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