ISBN-13: 9780415060547 / Angielski / Twarda / 1991 / 376 str.
Ideology and Utopia argues that ideologies are mental fictions whose function is to veil the true nature of a given society. They originate unconsciously in the minds of those who seek to stabilize a social order. Utopias, on the other hand, are wish dreams that inspire the collective action of opposition groups which aim at the entire transformation of society. Mannheim shows these two opposing elements to dominate not only our social thought but even unexpectedly to penetrate into the most scientific theories in philosophy, history and the social sciences. This edition of his famous work features an introduction which describes his influence and critically assesses his relevance to modern sociology.