Ideal as an introduction and as a quick reference, Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies explores the essential concepts used within the field today. Specially edited and written by a range of international experts, key ideas are succinctly explained and illustrated beyond a simple definition. Further reading suggestions and cross-referencing provide the reader with means to develop their knowledge further.

With over 50 entries, from Actor Network Theory to Utopianism, readers have instant access and explanation of the most influential concepts in CMS literature. Clear and engaging, this will provide strong support for all courses involving critical management and is a perfect resource for anyone with an interest in this field.

Utopia and Utopianism

Utopia and utopianism
PaulineMaclaran

Definition: Utopia is a name for an ideal society; utopianism refers to social theory that envisages schemes of perfection. The terms are used in a colloquial sense to imply wishful fantasising.

The concept of ‘utopia’ was originally introduced into English society by Sir Thomas More in 1516 in his book that first described the ideal land of Utopia where people lived in harmony and happiness. Etymologically the word is a mixture of the Greek words ‘outopia’ (nowhere) and ‘eutopia’ (a good place), resulting in the intended pun of ‘nowhere being a good place’. As a literary form, More's book was designed not only to entertain, but also to create a context in which More could offer a critique of existing society in ...

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