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Utopia and Organization

Utopia and Organization

Martin Parker (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-10072-4

Aug 2003

200 pages

Select type: Paperback

$44.95

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Description

Using examples as diverse as train accidents, novels and gardening, this book evaluates the prospects for utopian thought and practice in the context of a world organized by market managerialism.

  • Asks if ideas about utopia are redundant.
  • Evaluates the prospects for utopian thought and practice in a world organized by market managerialism.
  • Treats utopia as an organizational issue, rather than focusing on literary or historical interpretations.
  • Engages with ideas of utopia, dystopia and crypto-utopia, organization and management.
  • Uses diverse examples, such as train accidents, novels and gardening to explore issues in novel and thought-provoking ways.
1.Utopia and the Organizational Imagination: Outopia: Martin Parker (Keele University).

2. Organized and Disorganized Utopias: An essay on Presumption: Christopher Grey (University of Cambridge) & Christina Garsten (University of Stockholm).

3. What is a Crypto-Utopia and Why does it matter?: Roy Stager Jacques.

4. Utopia or Ideology: Karl Mannheim and the Place of Theory: Stephen Ackroyd (University of Lancaster).

5. Autonomy as Utopia or Dystopia: David Knights (University of Keele) & Hugh Willmott (University of Cambridge).

6. Local Entanglements or Utopian Moves: an Inquiry into Train Accidents: John Law (University of Lancaster) & Annemarie Mol (University of Twente).

7. Utopiary: Utopias, gardens and organization: Gibson Burrell (University of Warwick) & Karen Dale (University of Warwick).

8. The Consumption of Time and Space: Utopias and the English Romantic Garden: Rolland Munro (University of Keele).

9. Writing Utopia: Geoff Lightfoot (University of Keele) & Simon Lilley (University of Keele).

10. Keeping the Black Flag Flying: Anarchy, Utopia and the politics of nostalgia: Patrick Reedy (University of York).

11. Utopianism and the Cultivation of Possibilities: Grassroots movements of hope: Valerie Fournier (University of Keele).

12. Utopia and the Organizational Imagination: Eutopia: Martin Parker (Universiy of Keele).


  • Asks if ideas about utopia are redundant.

  • Evaluates the prospects for utopian thought and practice in a world organized by market managerialism.

  • Treats utopia as an organizational issue, rather than focusing on literary or historical interpretations.

  • Engages with ideas of utopia, dystopia and crypto-utopia, organization and management.

  • Uses diverse examples, such as train accidents, novels and gardening to explore issues in novel and thought-provoking ways.