Considerable socio-political change has re-configured the discursive space once occupied by 'utopia'. Within the cultures of late capitalism and the organisational matrices of bio-political administration, that space is no longer animated by images of idealised states that are yet to come, or by a sense of simple failure in the production of those same states. Rather, it is overdetermined by a condition of differentiation in the representation of reality. The origins of that differentiation of representation appear to lie deep within the modernist project. In the Place of Utopia explores how t
Cover; Preface; Preface vii; Table of Contents; 1 Utopia: 'What is to be done?' 1; 2 Mapping utopia 21; The ideological function of utopia 22; The utopian function of ideology 26; On the limits of utopia and ideology 29; Toying with limits 35; 3 Beyond the discursive space of utopia 51; The strange object of differentiation 54; The limitations of normal integration 60; Behind the time of differentiation 63; 4 Back toward totality 73; On truth, totality, and singularity 77; On truth, totality, and multiplicity 82; On truth, totality, and spatial movement 87; The seductions of knowing 92 What, then, of the subject? 1015 The psychic life of ideas 105; The lures of metalanguage 110; The Uncanny and the refusal of any tricks to make it go away 114; On truth, knowledge, and science 117; The signifier, subjectivity, and transformative ideas 122; Ideas in movement: the Four Discourses 127; The limits of the Four Discourses 138; 6 The seeds of times future 145; Oedipus on social order 149; The Four Discourses talk 152; Modernity as the Four Discourses 155; Not less fantasy but more 165; 7 For the love of water 173; A local history of freshwater 175 Contemporary commentary on the RMA 179The special case of the NPS on Freshwater 188; Amplifying the significance of context 202; From methodology to subjectivity 204; 8 The subjectivising effects of discursive spaces 209; Technologies of self-knowledge 210; The subjectivising effect of the text 214; Toward an alternative subjectivisation 217; 9 Anxieties of the utopian urge 221; The challenge of financialisation 223; The subsumption of subjectivity 232; Amplification of the metabolic rift 242; On the productivity of underdevelopment 248; 10 The sublime object(s) of utopia 253 On the objects of knowledge 258The objects of the sublime: the sublime as object(s) 263; Bibliography 271; Index 287
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