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American Utopia and Social Engineering in Literature, Social Thought, and Political History

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The United States today is afflicted with political alienation, militarized violence, institutionalized poverty, and social agony. Worst of all, perhaps, it is afflicted with chronic and acute ahistoricism. America insist on ignoring the context of its present dilemmas. It insists on forgetting what preceded the headlines of today and on denying continuity with history. It ...more
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Published April 1st 2011 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2011)
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Bear
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter Swirski doesn’t write an easy book American Utopia which one should labor hard to learn from. The book does offer great things to learn, not just regarding American society, politics, or literature. “It seeks to draw from the American experience lessons that hold no less for other societies and other cultures.”(P2) This tells true of American Utopia.

The important lesson in Part 1 of the book is, without answering the evolutionary desires of people no social engineering can hope to succeed.
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Teresa
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If men were gods, no government would be necessary”, argued young James Madison, one of the Fouding Fathers of the American nation. Well we aren’t gods, that’s why we live in a society with government and all kinds of institution to facilitate our daily life and let us enjoy the convenience of modern society and modern technology. But what if the government, in the name of helping to provide a better life, violates individual rights? What if the elected officials act in their own interests and n ...more
Jiali Xie
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wondered why we study American literature? Why we teach it? Why we write it? What role it plays in American society? If you have, you will find answers to these questions than this book, just as I did. And if you have not, then it is time you had, and you can start with American Utopia.
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