Utopia and ideology in cultural dynamics
AuthorKashima, Y; Fernando, J
Source TitleCurrent Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
AffiliationMelbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Management and Marketing
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsKashima, Y. & Fernando, J. (2020). Utopia and ideology in cultural dynamics. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 34, pp.102-106. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cobeha.2020.01.002.
Access StatusOpen Access
ARC Grant codeARC/DP160102226
Utopia is a culturally constructed vision of an ideal human condition. Although its contents vary cross-culturally, utopian visions exist across cultures and therefore utopian thinking is a widespread human proclivity. When activated, a utopian vision can engage citizens with their on-going societal processes by activating a motivation to criticize and change the status quo, but may also disengage them from their society, enticing them to wallow in their impossible dream. Utopias animate cultural dynamics – the formation, maintenance, and transformation of culture over time – as a critical part of humanity's effort to collectively self-regulate our construction of society.
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