A Utopia Like Any Other is an accessible and easy to understand guide to contemporary Sweden and its politics. Part travelogue, part academic primer and part reflection on our own need for utopias, the book takes readers on a journey from the 1930s to the present day and from an Arctic iron mine to the suburbs of Shanghai. On its way it features a migrant camp, political festivals, radical feminist activists and concrete housing projects, TV talk shows and celebrity economists, faded bathing resorts, neo-Nazis, and the Scottish independence referendum. All of these different locations and characters are used to explain the Swedish model; what it is, how it works and what it means for the rest of the world.
Dominic Hinde holds an undergraduate degree in German and Scandinavian Studies and a Masters by Research from the University of Edinburgh on environmental narratives in Sweden. He also work as a professional literary translator and freelance journalist, writing about Scotland in Sweden and the Scandinavian countries internationally.
Foreword Introduction Chapter One: Everybody's Utopia Chapter Two: A Workers' Utopia How Sweden made work pay Chapter Three: Democratic Utopia Sweden's diverse democracy Chapter Four: A Feminist Utopia How Sweden is halfway to equality Chapter Five: Svennotopia The struggle for Swedishness Chapter Six: Ecotopia A sustainable country in a dirty world Chapter Seven: Cultural Utopia How Sweden became a cultural powerhouse Chapter Eight: Metropia How Sweden built its homes for people Chapter Nine: A Moderate Utopia The new Swedish model Chapter Ten: A Utopia Like Any Other How Sweden's future is everyone's future Recommended reading