The Utopian Constellation

Future-Oriented Social and Political Thought Today

  • Chamsy el-Ojeili

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 151-161

About this book


This book examines the utopian dimension of contemporary social and political thought. Arguing for a utopian optic for the human sciences, el-Ojeili claims that major transformations of the utopian constellation have occurred since the end of the twentieth century. 


Following a survey of major utopian shifts in the modern period, el-Ojeili focuses on three spaces within today’s utopian constellation. At the liberal centre, we see a splintering effect, particularly after the global financial crisis of 2008: a contingent neo-liberalism, a neo-Keynesian turn, and a liberalism of fear. At the far-Right margin, we see the consolidation of post-fascism, a combination of “the future in the past”, elements of the post-modern present, and appeals to a novel future. Finally, at the far-Left, a new communism has emerged, with novel positions on resistance, maps of power, and a contemporary variant of the Left’s artistic critique.


The Utopian Constellation will be of interest to scholars and students across the human sciences with an interest in utopian studies, ideological and discourse analysis, the sociology of knowledge, and the study of political culture. 


utopianism utopian studies the rise of the Far Right the Global Financial Crisis ideology Fascism Fear Mannheim Benjamin Adorno

Authors and affiliations

  • Chamsy el-Ojeili
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social and Cultural StudiesVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-32515-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-32516-9
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