Anderson, B. (2006) 'Transcending without transcendence : utopianism and an ethos of hope.', Antipode., 38 (4). pp. 691-710.
Human geography has recently witnessed an emergent interest in the intertwined problematics of how to be utopian and how to remain hopeful or optimistic. This paper aims to introduce a type of immanent utopianism that follows from a dynamic, open, conception of utopia. It revolves around thinking through how an ethos of hope functions in relation to the multiple problems and tasks of utopia/utopianism. The paper describes how Ernst Bloch re-defined the utopian as a type of process and then outlines a style of immanent utopianism based on an explicit ethos of hope. The result is a sensitivity to matter as utopological, as containing an immanent reference to a not-yet beyond, that obliges us to practice a utopianism that intervenes in the emergence, and change, of something better in a world that takes place "in hazard". In conclusion the paper argues for a utopic geography based on being, and becoming, hopeful that is itself a response to an ethical imperative to give and find hope in the context of the tragedy and injustice of suffering.
|Keywords:||Utopian, Utopian materialism, Utopic geography, Hopefulness, Optimism, Ernst Bloch.|
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|Publisher Web site:||http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8330.2006.00472.x|
|Record Created:||09 Nov 2006|
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