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Rethinking Democracy for Post-Utopian Worlds

Alternative Political Projects After the Sovereign State

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  • Develops a critical analysis of modern political projects
  • Argues that non-state democratic utopian political projects are possible and desirable
  • Integrates the research of scholars from several countries on four continents

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Utopianism (PASU)

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About this book

This book is both a conceptualization and detailed analysis of the current crisis in which modern utopian categories of political institutions find themselves, as well as a reflection and clarification of the new dangers and opportunities facing post-utopian politics in-the-making. Met with those who believe that no more utopian political projects are possible, the post-utopian movement maintains a non-fantastic or illusory character of being able to apply new great discourses and radically democratic historical narratives, while respecting both the autonomy and emancipation of individuals as plurality and the socio-cultural differences of communities. With this purpose in mind, the book is divided into five thematically differentiated sections: the new utopian categories beyond modern epistemes; the possibility of liberal utopian democracies without neoliberalism; the opportunities of socialist empowerments and insurgencies; the necessity of thinking in the space between two ages; andthe urgency to create eco-political post-utopias.


Table of contents (23 chapters)

  1. Imaging New Political Projects in the Space Between Two Ages

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain

    Jorge León Casero

  • University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

    Julia Urabayen

About the editors

Jorge León Casero is Professor at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. He has been the head researcher of the Social Risk Map project. He is the author of several books, book chapters and articles.


Julia Urabayen is Professor at the University of Navarra, Spain. In recent years, she has mainly studied public-urban space, forms of political violence, citizenship and the city, as well as governance and feminist utopias. She has published several books, book chapters and articles.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Rethinking Democracy for Post-Utopian Worlds

  • Book Subtitle: Alternative Political Projects After the Sovereign State

  • Editors: Jorge León Casero, Julia Urabayen

  • Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Utopianism

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-53490-4Published: 07 June 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-53493-5Due: 14 July 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-53491-1Published: 06 June 2024

  • Series ISSN: 2946-4471

  • Series E-ISSN: 2946-448X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXV, 349

  • Topics: Cultural History, History, general, Political History, Modern History

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