Utopianism for a Dying Planet
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Utopianism for a Dying Planet

Life after Consumerism

Gregory Claeys

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Utopianism for a Dying Planet

Life after Consumerism

Gregory Claeys

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How the utopian tradition offers answers to today's environmental crises In the face of Earth's environmental breakdown, it is clear that technological innovation alone won't save our planet. A more radical approach is required, one that involves profound changes in individual and collective behavior. Utopianism for a Dying Planet examines the ways the expansive history of utopian thought, from its origins in ancient Sparta and ideas of the Golden Age through to today's thinkers, can offer moral and imaginative guidance in the face of catastrophe. The utopian tradition, which has been critical of conspicuous consumption and luxurious indulgence, might light a path to a society that emphasizes equality, sociability, and sustainability.Gregory Claeys unfolds his argument through a wide-ranging consideration of utopian literature, social theory, and intentional communities. He defends a realist definition of utopia, focusing on ideas of sociability and belonging as central to utopian narratives. He surveys the development of these themes during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries before examining twentieth- and twenty-first-century debates about alternatives to consumerism. Claeys contends that the current global warming limit of 1.5C (2.7F) will result in cataclysm if there is no further reduction in the cap. In response, he offers a radical Green New Deal program, which combines ideas from the theory of sociability with proposals to withdraw from fossil fuels and cease reliance on unsustainable commodities.An urgent and comprehensive search for antidotes to our planet's destruction, Utopianism for a Dying Planet asks for a revival of utopian ideas, not as an escape from reality, but as a powerful means of changing it.

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Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Part I: Towards a Theory of Utopian Sociability
  9. Part II: Utopian Sociability in Fiction and Practice
  10. Part III: Luxury and Sociability in Later Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Utopianism
  11. Part IV: Modern Consumerism and Its Opponents
  12. Conclusion: The Great Change: Creating Enhanced Simplicity
  13. Afterword: Covid-19 and Sociability
  14. Bibliography
  15. Index
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APA 6 Citation

Claeys, G. (2022). Utopianism for a Dying Planet ([edition unavailable]). Princeton University Press. Retrieved from https://www.perlego.com/book/3269741/utopianism-for-a-dying-planet-life-after-consumerism-pdf (Original work published 2022)

Chicago Citation

Claeys, Gregory. (2022) 2022. Utopianism for a Dying Planet. [Edition unavailable]. Princeton University Press. https://www.perlego.com/book/3269741/utopianism-for-a-dying-planet-life-after-consumerism-pdf.

Harvard Citation

Claeys, G. (2022) Utopianism for a Dying Planet. [edition unavailable]. Princeton University Press. Available at: https://www.perlego.com/book/3269741/utopianism-for-a-dying-planet-life-after-consumerism-pdf (Accessed: 15 October 2022).

MLA 7 Citation

Claeys, Gregory. Utopianism for a Dying Planet. [edition unavailable]. Princeton University Press, 2022. Web. 15 Oct. 2022.