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dystopia

the reverse of UTOPIA, a possible or imaginary social place which is the worst of possible worlds.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000

Dystopia

Eagerness (See ZEAL.)
Brave New World
Aldous Huxley’s grim picture of the future, where scientific and social developments have turned life into a tragic travesty. [Br. Lit.: Magill I, 79]
Erewhon
inhabitants worship superficiality, unreason, inconsistency, and evasion: a lampoon of 19th-century society. [Br. Lit.: Erewhon in Haydn & Fuller, 239]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Although Haasbroek satirises the Afrikaners' obsession with the past, it is never acknowledged in the book that aspects of Afrikaner history are at least partially responsible for the dystopian future that is portrayed.
P van Wyk Louw's epic 1941 poem Raka in the title of his satirical dystopian novel, Raka die roman, published in 2005 and set in 2008.
More recent novels, such as Marlene van Niekerk's Agaat (2004) and Eben Venter's dystopian novel Horrelpoot (2006), are once again inversions of the traditional farm novel.
As his journey progresses, his interaction with history becomes more constructive as he starts to make a connection between the past and the dystopian space he finds himself in.
I do not view the representation of the black people as racist, but rather as an expression of the impact of the past on the dystopian future that is depicted in the novel.
Critics and advocates of public schooling share in essentially the same dystopian fear: that the political opposition will gain control of educational institutions and then manipulate children through pedagogical and curricular practices in order to further a particular agenda.
The dystopian fear that the state is brainwashing the young in an effort to replace the values of the family, church, community, and Constitution has become an important and oft-leveled charge deployed by all sides in a toxic political climate, as evinced by the perceived threat of Obama's back-to-school speech.
(5) Richard Kahn revisited Illich's educational ideas in a recent essay and concluded his piece on this bleak and dystopian note: "Terribly, those who know how to subsist well amidst horrible conditions may be the greatest teachers we can learn from in the 21st century.
Even though statements like Katz's are disguised by a thin utopian veil, such readings really are "dystopian"--wholesale de-institutionalization or total institutional renewal can be justified only when "everything is as bad as possible." Further, the examples cited throughout this essay are "dystopian" in the sense originally intended by John Stuart Mill, who coined the term: they are "too bad to be practical"--the implications that arise from this kind of rhetoric will be explored in the final section of this essay.
Dystopian historicizing is present in the literature of both educational and childhood history.