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Ruth Levitas (born 15 May 1949 in London) is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Bristol. She is well known internationally for her research on utopia and utopian studies.
Her book, The Concept of Utopia (1990), addresses the notion of the ideal society throughout European history. She is recently credited for formulating a program of sociology which is fundamentally utopian-focused in conventional sociological discourse.
In The Inclusive Society?: Social Exclusion and New Labour, Levitas introduced the idea of social exclusion as part of the new political language. She also introduced the concepts of MUD (the moral underclass discourse), SID (the social integration discourse), and RED (the redistribution discourse), as tools for analysing social exclusion.
Levitas is the daughter of trade unionist and Spanish Civil War International Brigade fighter Maurice Levitas, niece of Communist Stepney councillor and Battle of Cable Street veteran Max Levitas, and sister of theatre historian Ben Levitas.
- Bristol, University of. "Sociology, Politics and International Studies Directory". www.bristol.ac.uk. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
- Sargent, Lyman Tower (15 August 2013). Ideology and Utopia. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199585977.013.0016.
- Higate, Paul (2000). "The Inclusive Society? Social Exclusion and New Labour (Book Review)". Sociology. 34: 358–359. doi:10.1017/s0038038500300232.
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