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1st Edition

Utopia without Ideology

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ISBN 9781032127385
March 31, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores and proposes original definitions of central terms in political sociology and social theory, including political culture, imaginary, ideology, and utopia, in a manner that renders the individual definitions consistent with one other as part of a single and general conceptual framework for understanding social action. Through a Weberian distinction between means, ends and values, together with the thought of Alfred Schütz and phenomenological sociology more generally, it sheds light on the ways in which the book’s key concepts make sense of social action, advancing the view that, rather than some promised land or aspiration, utopia is a project of broad and far-reaching collective action realised in its own enactment. As such, it will appeal to scholars of social theory, political sociology and political theory.

Table of Contents


1. A Finalistic Theory of Social Action

2. Political Culture

3. Social Imaginaries

4. Ideology

5. Utopia

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Ambrogio Santambrogio is Full Professor of Sociology in the Department of Political Science at the University of Perugia, Italy.