In 1990, Ruth Levitas published her pathbreaking book The Concept of Utopia, a work that helped to shape the emerging field of utopian studies and inspired a generation of utopian studies scholars. Twenty-three years later, she has published a major new contribution to the field, Utopia as Method: The Imaginary Reconstitution of Society. Like its predecessor, Utopia as Method is exceptionally well informed, clearly and accessibly written, and deeply politically engaged. The product of years of scholarly study and professional activity in the fields of utopian studies and critical social thought, it is also methodologically sophisticated and a reliable guide to some of the most advanced current research on utopian social thought.

The central argument of Utopia as Method is that utopia should be understood as a method and that as such it should be recognized as intimately related to the discipline of sociology. In the course of...

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