Cities at the End of the World: Using Utopian and Dystopian Stories to Reflect Critically on our Political Beliefs, Communities, and Ways of Life (Paperback)David J. Lorenzo (author)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 327 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
A timely book for our troubling political times in the West and particularly the US. In the face of serious economic challenges, globalization and the failure of both public and private sectors in providing social and economic goods in anything like a just distribution, Western nations need to 'rethink themselves.' David Lorenzo's exploration of utopias and dystopias is an imaginative and powerful means for engaging that rethinking. Such stories challenge our complacency about both our contemporary politics and our ends. * Robert C. Bishop, Associate Professor of Physics and Philosophy, Wheaton College, USA *
In a paradigm expanding, comparative framework, Lorenzo proves that analyzing utopian and dystopian stories is politically relevant. His thorough and meticulous book examines their role and function in illuminating political, social, and economic debate. Comparing diverse theories he examines the essential issues that all good political theory addresses: human nature; the structure of a good or bad society, political order, or economy; content, nature, and meaning of freedom; extent of equality; the good life; who rules and why; and power. * Conrad P Waligorski, Professor Emeritus, University of Arkansas, USA and author of John Kenneth Galbraith: The Economist as Political Theorist *
A great contribution regarding the potential of the engagement between politics and literature -- Victor Coutinho Lage, International Relations Institute of PUC-Rio, Brazil * E-International Relations *
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