By Zygmunt Bauman
Rather than contributing to the long-standing dialogue concerning the features of the society that socialism proposes to set up, this Routledge Revival, firstly released in 1976, goals to discover the impression of the ‘living utopia’ of socialism at the improvement of contemporary society.
- It starts off with an research of the function of utopia generally, and of the socialist utopia specifically;
- Bauman considers the competition among ‘utopian’ and ‘scientific’ social proposal;
- He offers socialism because the ‘counter-culture’ of capitalist society;
- The booklet ultimately examines the explanations for the failure of socialism in its software to the peasant revolution in Russia.
It then explores a few attainable kinds that the socialist utopia may perhaps absorb the commercial societies of the overdue 20th century. Professor Bauman writes should you are looking to comprehend the common sense of the ancient destiny of socialism within the current century, who're taken with the validity and energy of socialist rules at the improvement of contemporary society, and who're , and maybe careworn, through the cultural and ideological conflicts of the previous few many years.