Davina Cooper: ‘Everyday Utopias: The Conceptual Life of Promising Spaces’

In Everyday Utopias: The Conceptual Life of Promising Spaces, Davina Cooper examines utopian projects as seemingly diverse as a feminist bathhouse, state equality initiatives, community trading networks, and a democratic school where students and staff collaborate in governing. She draws from firsthand observations and interviews with participants to argue that utopian projects have the potential to revitalize progressive politics through the ways their innovative practices incite us to rethink mainstream concepts, such as property, markets, care, touch, and equality.

Davina Cooper is Professor of Law and Political Theory at Kent Law School at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. She is a member of the Equality and Diversity Forum Research Network Steering Group.