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Reference articles on utopian movements

Each of the references below is a clickable link that take you to a site where you can find that article. Some of the links go directly to certain databases, but most take you to OneSearch, Lehman library's main search engine. Once you are there, look for where it says "View online" and "Try a link below!" Click on a link under that. You will be taken to another database. Follow the cues from there to get to the article.

Newspaper and magazine articles on utopianism

Ama Rasingam, Amarnath, and Rory Dickson. “How ISIS Gets Its Western Recruits; Unlike Other Radical Islamist Groups, Islamic State Fighters Are Making Their ‘Utopian’ Vision a Reality on the Ground.” National Post (Toronto), October 3, 2014.

Baruch, Elaine Hoffman. “Liqueurs Flow and Men Are Excluded in the Utopias Explored in Library Exhibit.” Forward (New York, N.Y.), vol. CIV, no. 31,321, December 29, 2000.

Blaze Carlson, Kathryn. “Utopian Failure; Why the Occupy Movement Is Doomed: Human Brains Crave Hierarchy.” National Post (Toronto), November 26, 2011.

Boston, Rob. “Searching For Utopia: Religious Fundamentalists’ Long Quest For A ‘Godly’ Community.” Church & State, vol. 72, no. 5, May 2019, n.p.

Burjek, Andie. “All Eyes on You: Defining the Fine Line between an Electronic Sweatshop and a Technological Utopia.” Workforce, vol. 97, no. 5, Sept. 2018, pp. 22–26.

Butcher, A. Allen. “Fifty Years of Utopian Intentioneering at Twin Oaks Community.” Communities, no. 176, Fall 2017, pp. 27–30.

“Canaan in Canada (Utopian Movements Have Flourished throughout Canada’s History).” This Magazine, vol. 33, no. 3, Nov.-Dec. 1999, pp. 2-3.

Cobin, Seth. “Roxbury Commune Survives on Fort Hill.” Bay State Banner, vol. 32, Bay State Banner, June 19, 1997.

“Denunciations, Beatings and Book Burnings: When a Utopian Dream Turned Sour; Akash Kapur’s Thought-Provoking Book Looks at How the Good Intentions of the Hippie Generation Went Horribly Wrong at Auroville in India.” The Telegraph Online, July 24, 2021.

Dix, Peyton. “Meme and My Squad: The Teens Tagging Their Way to Queer Utopia.” Bitch Magazine: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, no. 85, Winter 2020, pp. 18–19.

Emerson, George. “Socialist Software: Red Hat Software’s Bob Young Dismissed the Open-Software Movement as a Utopian Fantasy. Then Linux Took Off.” Report on Business Magazine, vol. 15, no. 6, Dec. 1998, pp. 123-4, 126.

Freedman, Samuel G. “Utopian Colonists Reunited In A Passionate Celebration Of Isms.” The New York Times, Late Edition (East Coast), September 6, 1982.

Gwyn, Douglas. “Utopia: An Abiding Presence.” Tikkun, vol. 15, no. 1, Jan. 2000, p. 42.

Helmreich, William B. “A Utopian Jewish Society Set in a Wisconsin Commune.” Jewish News, vol. LIII, no. 25, June 24, 1999.

Holden, Stephen. “Kool-Aid, Craziness and Utopian Yearning: Review.” The New York Times, Late Edition (East Coast), October 20, 2006.

“Israel: Utopian Kibbutz Movement Mark Its 100th Year.” Interpress Service, August 9, 2010, p. 0–.

Jackson, Brittany K. “‘The House on CoCo Road’ Tells Intimate Truth of Grenada’s Utopian Society.” Los Angeles Sentinel, July 6, 2017.

Kaufmann, David. “Whither Utopia? Picture Imperfect; Utopian Thought For an Anti-Utopian Age.” Forward (New York, N.Y.), vol. CIX, no. 31,568, September 23, 2005.

Kay, Barbara. “Rise of the ‘Orgasmic Utopians’; How the Progressive Left Undermined Traditional Morals in the Name of Sexual ‘Liberation.’” National Post (Toronto), May 6, 2013.

Leach, Susan Llewelyn. “From Ancient Eden to the Hippie Era - Searching for Utopia New York Public Library Launches a New Exhibition on the Perfect Place: ALL Edition.” The Christian Science Monitor, October 19, 2000.

Lears, Jackson. “Techno-Utopia?” Tikkun, vol. 15, no. 1, Jan. 2000, p. 39.

Lorinc, John. “In the Utopian City There’s No Trash, No Graffiti -- and No People: National Edition.” National Post (Toronto), March 22, 2003.

Margolis, Janathan. “Dark Side of Fresh Air Utopians: Jonathan Margolis Explores the Strange History and Surprising New Owners of H&E Magazine, Now 100.” The Guardian, June 12, 1999, p. B3–.

Marshall, Andrew. “Happy Talking: Andrew Marshall Reports on the Rising Guru Preaching a Smiley Utopianism.” The Guardian, May 2, 1992, p. A31–.

McCormack, Helen. “Clarke Ends Feud with Charles over ‘Social Utopianism.’” Independent, November 22, 2004, p. 2–.

Miller, Gavin. “Which Utopia, Whose Future?” Psychologist, July 2020, pp. 108–11.

Miller, Tim. “Practical Utopianism: The Utopians: Six Attempts to Build the Perfect Society.” Communities, no. 193, Winter 2021, p. 62.

Miller, Tricia. “How Justice Grew Out of A Utopian Community.” Roll Call (Washington, D.C.), April 20, 2010.

Mitnick, Joshua. “Israel’s Utopian Communes Give in to Modern Stresses: ALL Edition.” The Christian Science Monitor, March 1, 2007.

Nichols, John. “Politics: Utopia Is Possible, If We Demand It.” Nation, vol. 313, no. 2, July 2021, pp. 32–34.

Pavord, Anna. “Garden Style: Utopian Dreamers; The Arts and Crafts Movement, Led by William Morris, Had a Dream to Create Utopia in the Nation’s Back Gardens. Anna Pavord Assesses Their Legacy. Photographs by Martin Charles.” Independent (London, England).

Pollak, Michael. “Browsing the Web for the Ideal Utopia Site.” The New York Times, Late Edition (East Coast), December 28, 2000, p. D8–.

Rhodes, Fred. “An Islamic Utopian.” The Middle East, June 2000, p. 40.

Robinson, Andrew. “Forgotten Utopia.” New Scientist, vol. 231, no. 3091, Sept. 2016, pp. 30–33.

Rothstein, Edward. “Odd Bedfellows: Cranbrook and Ford’s Utopian Village.” The New York Times, Late Edition (East Coast), October 17, 2005, p. E5–.

Rothstein, Edward. “Paradise Lost: Can Mankind Live Without Its Utopias?” The New York Times, Late Edition (East Coast), February 5, 2000, p. A15–.

“Scotland United in Curiosity as Councils Trial Universal Basic Income; Four Local Authorities Tasked with Turning Utopian Fantasy into Reality with Backing of First Minister and Multi-Party Support.” The Guardian (London), December 25, 2017.

Shlapentokh, Dmitry. “Endless Utopia: The Heritage of the Millennium.” World and I, vol. 14, no. 7, July 1999, p. 22.

“Simon Marcus: Utopianism Makes the Left Intolerant.” European Union News, September 24, 2016.

Smith, Marie-Danielle. “‘SOLARPUNK’: The Term to Add to Your Vocabulary This Month Is All about a Utopian Future.” Maclean’s, vol. 134, no. 8, Aug. 2021, p. 88.

Steinhauer, Jillian. “Utopian Visions.” New Republic, vol. 249, no. 9, Sept. 2018, pp. 50–53.

“The Power of Utopianism.” Europe Intelligence Wire, February 28, 2010.

Tillotson, Kristin. “Let’s Stay Together; Three ‘Intentional Communities’ in the Twin Cities Find Strength in Numbers by Sharing Common Spaces, Expenses and Camaraderie.” Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), May 2, 2012, p. 1–.

“Tory Environmental Policy Owes More to Greta Thunberg Than It Does to Conservatism; Instead of the Pragmatic Environmentalism of Sir Roger Scruton, Ministers Pursue Eco-Utopianism.” The Telegraph Online, October 27, 2021.

Wollan, Malia. “How to Think Like a Utopian.” The New York Times Magazine, 20 June 2021, p. 21(L).

Worcester, Kent. “People of the Rainbow: A Nomadic Utopia.” Library Journal, vol. 122, no. 12, July 1997, p. 110.

Young, Toby. “Dartington, the Utopian Experiment.” Spectator, vol. 346, no. 10059, 12 June 2021, p. 60.

Peer-reviewed articles on utopianism around the world

Bakhsh, A. O. “The Virtuous City: The Iranian and Islamic Heritage of Utopianism.” Utopian Studies, vol. 24, no. 1, 2013, pp. 41–51.

Bock, Jan‐Jonathan. “The Five Star Movement (M5S) in Rome: The Real Life of Utopian Politics.” Social Anthropology, vol. 29, no. 1, 2021, pp. 52–67.

Bramwell Amadasun, Akongbowa, and Henry Igiebor Oghoator. “Utopianism and Regional Integration of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS): The Dilemma of Global Politics.” Liberian Studies Journal, vol. 37, no. 2, 2012, pp. 27–49.

Datta, Ayona. “New Urban Utopias of Postcolonial India: ‘Entrepreneurial Urbanization’ in Dholera Smart City, Gujarat.” Dialogues in Human Geography, vol. 5, no. 1, 2015, pp. 3–22.

Dutton, Jacqueline, and Lyman Tower Sargent. “Introduction: Utopias from Other Cultural Traditions.” Utopian Studies, vol. 24, no. 1, 2013, pp. 2–5.

Erickson, Brad. “Utopian Virtues: Muslim Neighbors, Ritual Sociality, and the Politics of Convivència.” American Ethnologist, vol. 38, no. 1, 2011, pp. 114–31.

Faulk, Karen Ann. “‘Recuperar El Trabajo’: Utopia and the Work of Recovery in an Argentine Cooperativist Movement.” The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, vol. 21, no. 2, 2016, pp. 294–316.

Hagopian, Elaine C. “Reversing Injustice: On Utopian Activism.” Arab Studies Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 3/4, 2007, pp. 57–73.

Jules-Rosette, Bennetta. “Josephine Baker and Utopian Visions of Black Paris.” Journal of Romance Studies, vol. 5, no. 3, 2005, p. 33–51.

Kapoor, Rakesh. “Auroville: A Spiritual-Social Experiment in Human Unity and Evolution.” Futures., vol. 39, no. 5, 2007, 632–643.

Kearns, Gerry. “‘Up to the Sun and Down to the Centre’: The Utopian Movement in Anticolonial Nationalism.” Historical Geography, vol. 42, 2014, p. 130–151.

Martin, Fran. “Utopian Yearning: Reconstructing China’s Queer Cultural Histories.” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, vol. 12, no. 1, Routledge, 2011, pp. 132–38.

Massidda, Adriana L. “Utopian Visions for Buenos Aires Shantytowns: Collective Imaginaries of Housing Rights, Upgrading and Eviction (1956–2013).” Bulletin of Latin American Research, vol. 37, no. 2, 2018, pp. 144–159.

McKenzie. “Millennial Utopians and Prepper Subcultures: Contemporary Utopianism on the Left and Right.” Futures, no. 126, 2021, 102678.

Namakkal, Jessica. “European Dreams, Tamil Land: Auroville and the Paradox of a Postcolonial Utopia.” Journal for the Study of Radicalism, vol. 6, no. 1, 2012, pp. 59–88.

Natale, Simone, and Andrea Ballatore. “The Web Will Kill Them All: New Media, Digital Utopia, and Political Struggle in the Italian 5-Star Movement.” Media, Culture, and Society, vol. 36, no. 1, 2014, pp. 388–413.

Penney, Matthew. “A Nation Restored: The Utopian Future of Japan’s Far Right.” Mechademia, vol. 10, 2015, pp. 98–112.

Poldervaart, Saskia. “Utopian Aspects of Social Movements in Postmodern Times: Some Examples of DIY Politics in the Netherlands.” Utopian Studies, vol. 12, no. 2, Society for Utopian Studies, 2001, pp. 143–63.

Rahav, Shakhar. “How Shall We Live?: Chinese Communal Experiments after the Great War in Global Context.” Journal of World History, vol. 26, no. 3, 2015, pp. 521–48.

Rooney, Caroline. “Utopian Cosmopolitanism and the Conscious Pariah: Harare, Ramallah, Cairo.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 46, no. 1, 2011, pp. 139–55.

Shinn, Larry D. “Auroville: Visionary Images and Social Consequences in a South Indian Utopian Community.” Religious Studies, vol. 20, no. 2, 1984, pp. 239–53.

Tamari, Tomoko. “Metabolism: Utopian Urbanism and the Japanese Modern Architecture Movement.” Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 31, no. 7-8, 2014, pp. 201–25.

Verity Burgmann, and Andrew Milner. “Ecotopians in Hardhats: The Australian Green Bans Movement.” Utopian Studies, vol. 22, no. 1, 2011, pp. 125–142.

Wang, Jing. “Utopian Impulses in China’s Sound Culture: The Raying Temple Subculture Collective.” Journal of Popular Music Studies, vol. 27, no. 1, 2015, pp. 2–24.

Peer-reviewed articles on utopianism in sociopolitical movements

Badaan, Vivienne, et al. “Imagining Better Societies: A Social Psychological Framework for the Study of Utopian Thinking and Collective Action.” Social and Personality Psychology Compass, vol. 14, no. 4, 2020.

Couton, Philippe, and José Julián López. “Movement as Utopia.” History of the Human Sciences, vol. 22, no. 4, n.p.

Fennell, Jack. “Utopianism: A Very Short Introduction.” Utopian Studies, vol. 22, no. 2, 2011, pp. 370–373.

Fernando, Julian, Nicholas Burden, Adam Ferguson, Léan O’Brien, Madeline Judge, and Yoshihisa Kashima. “Functions of Utopia: How Utopian Thinking Motivates Societal Engagement.” Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, vol. 44, no. 5, pp. 779–792.

Finn, Megan, and Quinn DuPont. “From Closed World Discourse to Digital Utopianism: The Changing Face of Responsible Computing at Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (1981-1992).” Internet Histories, vol. 4, no. 1, 2020, pp. 6–31.

McKenzie. “Millennial Utopians and Prepper Subcultures: Contemporary Utopianism on the Left and Right.” Futures, no. 126, 2021, 102678.

Price, Charles, et al. “Grounded Utopian Movements: Subjects of Neglect.” Anthropological Quarterly, vol. 81, no. 1, 2008, pp. 127–159.

Webb, Graeme. “‘Occupying’ Our Social Imagination: The Necessity of Utopian Discourses in an Anti-Utopian Age.” Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, vol. 12, no. 1-2, 2013, pp. 152–161.

Wimmer, Andreas. “Worlds Without Nation‐states: Five Scenarios for the Very Long Term.” Nations and Nationalism, vol. 27, no. 2, 2021, pp. 309–324.

Reference books on utopianism

These aren't articles, but if you need to look things up about utopian communities and movements, these are good resources.

Christensen, Karen, and David Levinson. Encyclopedia of Community, 4 volumes. Sage Publications, Inc., 2003. This link goes to OneSearch.

Fogarty, Robert S. Dictionary of American Communal and Utopian History. Greenwood, 1980. This link goes to Internet Archive. Create free account to “borrow” (access) this scanned book electronically.

Morris, James. Historical Dictionary of Utopianism. Scarecrow Press, 2004. This link goes to the Internet Archive. Create free account to “borrow” (access) this scanned book electronically.

Sutton, Robert P. Modern American Communes: A Dictionary. Greenwood, 2005. This link goes to OneSearch.

Trahair, Richard C. S. Utopias and Utopians: An Historical Dictionary. Routledge, 1999. This book is accessible publicly via Google Scholar, here: Click where it says: [PDF]



The reference listings on this page were compiled by Paul Sager, reference and instruction librarian at the Lehman College library, in February 2022, at Professor Charlene Cambridge's request.