1st Edition

Late Escapism and Contemporary Neoliberalism
Alienation, Work and Utopia

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ISBN 9781138242319
July 20, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

This book suggests that escapism – the desire to leave one’s physical or emotional circumstances for an ideal alternative – is a way to understand the social conflicts that structure our world. Considering this phenomenon across psychology, labour and cultural studies, the author engages with critical theorists such as Lukács, Fromm and Marcuse to examine how escapism appears in our minds, workplaces and utopian imaginaries from fiction to music. In this study, escapism emerges as a constitutive feature of the late capitalist lifeworld – a feature that must be understood in order to create social change.

Defining escapism as a new field of study, Late Escapism and Contemporary Neoliberalism: Alienation, Work and Utopia suggests that the phenomenon has much to teach us about contemporary consciousness and how we resist and reshape the edicts of neoliberalism. As such, this book will appeal to scholars of cultural and critical theory, social movements and political sociology.

Table of Contents

1. What is Escapism?

2. Escapism and Negative Humanism

3. Work and Protective Escapism

4. Dystopias and Utopias

5. The Uses of Escapism

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Greg Sharzer is Assistant Professor – Teaching Stream in the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada, and author of No Local: Why Small-Scale Alternatives Won’t Change The World.