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Title: Utopianism and prefiguration
Authors: Kinna, Ruth
Keywords: Anarchism
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Columbia University Press
Citation: KINNA, R.E., 2016. Utopianism and prefiguration. IN: Chrostowska, S. and Ingram, J. (eds). Political Uses of Utopia: New Marxist, Anarchist, and Radical Democratic Perspectives. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, pp. 198-218.
Abstract: This paper explores the ways in which radical utopian themes have been taken up in contemporary anarchist thought and, in particular, the relationship between utopianism and prefiguration. Prefiguration has become a definitional concept in anarchist political thinking, though the meaning of the term is not always clear and it is used to describe a range of positions and ideas. It has a special significance for protest movements, recently the Occupy movement. By probing the meanings that attach to the term and reflecting on the nature of the utopianism that prefiguration describes, the paper considers how utopia limits and extends the possibilities of protest in contemporary radical politics.
Description: This book chapter is from Political Uses of Utopia, edited by Sylwia D. Chrostowska and James D. Ingram. Copyright © 2016 Columbia University Press. Reprinted with permission of the publisher.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19278
Publisher Link: https://cup.columbia.edu/book/political-uses-of-utopia/9780231179591
ISBN: 9780231179591
Appears in Collections:Book Chapters (Politics and International Studies)

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