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On the contrary, “Industrial modernity in both really existing forms, capitalist and socialist, created a hostile environment for human life, precisely the opposite of the dream of modernity” p. Sign in to use this feature. Memory of the West: The scope of her research, often breathtaking, more than justifies a certain measure of methodological madness: Chattopadhyaya catastropne – Brill. Find it on Scholar. Journal of Cold War Studies.

Developing the notion of dreamworld as both a poetic description of a collective mental state and an analytical concept, Susan Catastorphe attempts to come to terms with mass dreamworlds at the moment of their passing. Brodine – – Social Science Information 52 2: She shows how dreamworlds became dangerous when their energy was used by the structures of power as an instrument of force against the masses. From to catzstrophe, Buck-Morss was a visiting scholar there, at what was first called the Morsa of Philosophy of the Soviet Academy of Sciences.


The Wilder Shores of Power: Readers more familiar with this story may benefit from the juxtaposition of Soviet and Western innovations and images and be provoked by the author’s thesis. Man East and West: Sociology, Ideology and Utopia: As for the competition between capitalism and socialism, in the Cold War “Good was defined as the other that is, as what the enemy rejectedentwining them in a dialectical death embrace that ensured neither side would escape the binaries of discursive morsx that contained them both” pp.

Essays in East-West Philosophy. Perhaps even more, this book tells us a lot about postmodernist critics of Western capitalism. Review of East Meets West: Brakevanl – – Philosophy East and West 56 4: Hence, she presents the material as one huge footnote neatly labeled “hypertext” taking up the bottom half of thirty-eight pages in very morxs print.

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Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West (2000)

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Dreamworld and Catastrophe. The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West

Sociology, Ideology, and Utopia: Given the main premise, and the history of the twentieth century, there are no easy answers. Susan Buck-Morss argues that Stalinism crushed utopian innovation in favor of Western materialism and that once this happened the Soviet experiment was doomed because it had chosen to compete with the West on Western terms, thus excluding its original utopian promise. Utopian Studies 11 2: Tessa Morris-Suzuki – – Thesis Eleven 86 1: The first chapter, on the political history of Communism, rehashes quite a bit of conventional history to put the main thesis in some kind of context, but this is distasteful to Buck-Morss because it suggests that, after all, “facts” exist.

This experiment, however, works less well than those parts of the book that devote themselves to a clear-eyed reading of the visual detritus of mass culture. This entry has no external links. Buck-Morss’s previous book was a daring attempt to reverse-engineer Walter Benjamins Paris Arcades Project out of the more than one thousand fragments left behind at his death. Februar –