Utopianism: A Very Short Introduction examines utopianism and its history by discussing its role in literature, the development of colonies, and in immigration. The idea of utopia has become commonplace in social and political thought, both negatively and positively. Some thinkers see a trajectory from utopia to totalitarianism with violence an inevitable part of the mix. Others see it as directly connected to freedom and as necessary in the fight against totalitarianism. In Christianity utopia is labelled as both heretical and a fundamental part of Christian belief. Such debates are also central to architecture, town and city planning, and sociology. What constitutes a utopia? What is the relationship between utopia and ideology?