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Envisioning Real Utopias Hardcover – June 14, 2010
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“A benchmark contribution to necessary radical thinking.”—Göran Therborn
“Encyclopedic in its breadth, daunting in its ambition, this is the culmination of Erik Olin Wright’s revamping of Marxism ... Only a thinker of Wright’s genius could sustain such a badly needed political imagination without losing analytical clarity and precision.”—Michael Burawoy, UC Berkeley
“Hugely rich and stimulating ... An incisive diagnosis of the harms done by capitalism; a masterful synthesis of the best work in political sociology and political economy over the past thirty years; and innovative theoretical framework for conceptualizing both the goals of progressive change and the strategies for their achievement; and inspiring survey of actually existing challenges to capitalism that have arisen within capitalism itself; and a compelling essay on the relation between the desirable, the viable and the achievable. Anyone interested in the future of leftist politics has to read this book.”—Adam Swift, Balliol College, Oxford
“This book is both a manifesto and a guidebook: an argument for taking institutional design seriously, and a guide to how to do that. It’s a book that sociologists will want to read, but also, frankly, that everyone in political theory and philosophy should be reading too.”—Crooked Timber
“A fascinating book.”—Guy Aitchison, openDemocracy
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Top Customer Reviews
One of Wright's contributions is to separate socialism from statism, so that capitalism becomes one of three possibilities. Not only the right, but the left as well, has come to conflate socialism and statism, and it is a crucial step toward mental as well as social emancipation to stop reinforcing the right-wing's narrative by supporting this conflation.
Here is the table of contents:
1) Introduction: Why Real Utopias?
2) The Tasks of Emancipatory Social Science
I) Diagnosis and Critique
3) What's So Bad About Capitalism?Read more ›
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This book is ideas muddled within bad writing. Wright looses all credibility for his theories amidst the cheesy metaphors that are drawn on for twelve sentences.Published 15 months ago by Cecelia
The ideas for his vision of the future in book are LESS plausible than most UFO abduction stories. Naturally the book is way too long and rambling. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Harry Gleason
This is a terrible book. It follows in the tradition of The Social System by Talcott Parsons, but minus the wisdom and vision. Read morePublished on April 13, 2011 by Rima
Please, if you're thinking about buying this book, first read this review by UCLA History Professor, Russell Jacoby that appeared in the Winter 2011 edition of Dissent Magazine. Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by M. A. Williams
Jargon. More jargon. Words strung together with so little concern for their intelligibility that it's stunning. Then, more jargon. Read morePublished on January 23, 2011 by not sandy andrews