Social Imaginaries: Critical Interventions

Suzi Adams (Editor), Jeremy C.A Smith (Editor)

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Offering a field-defining survey of the topic, this is the first book to engage all the key figures in the social imaginaries field. It offers new perspectives on the productive tension between social imaginaries and the creative imagination, providing the first programmatic approach to the field as a whole.

Written by members of the Social Imaginaries Editorial Collective, these programmatic essays showcase new critical interventions in understandings of social imaginaries and the human condition. They include a new comparative approach to theorizing Castoriadis, Ricoeur, and Taylor; the rethinking of the creative imagination in relation to common sense; analyses of political imaginaries in neoliberal and constitutional contexts from perspectives drawing on Gauchet and Lefort; and the taking up questions of historical continuity and discontinuity in civilizational worlds. In addressing pressing questions concerning social imaginaries, the book advances the field as a whole. The book includes a Foreword by George H. Taylor.

This book is a must-read for all scholars interested in social and political imaginaries and will appeal to researchers and graduate students working across a wide variety of disciplines in the human sciences.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
PublisherRowman and LIttlefield International
Number of pages226
ISBN (Electronic)9781786607775
ISBN (Print)9781786607768, 9781786607751
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


  • critical theory
  • aesthetics
  • ethics and moral philosophy
  • sociology
  • social theory
  • social, political and legal philosophy
  • critical and cultural theory
  • continental philosophy
  • identity and difference


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