My old Webster's Dictionary defines Utopia several ways, two being: "a place of ideal perfection esp. in laws, government, and social conditions"
and "an impractical scheme for social improvement." Its definition for dystopia is: "an imaginary place which is depressingly wretched and whose people lead a fearful existence."
On a website from the University of Houston, Clear Lake, Dystopia is described as a society opposite from utopia, or a utopia gone dysfunctional.
("Any utopia is someone else's dystopia.") That I agree with! We all have our own ideals of the perfect living conditions.
On this index, I have included books which are either typically classified as Utopian or Dystopian, or those which describe a artificial society which has been created for some purpose by a person or group of people. I have included The Island of Dr. Moreau for instance, because it was his ideal, even though it was a horror for everyone else. I am also including science fictional civilizations, including those that do not exist on earth.
In the Socio-political section, I have included books written to get the reader's attention to some aspect of society, or politics. Of course, most books are written as a reflection of their contemporary era, which includes social commentary, but those I did not include. For the ones listed here, the socio-political commentary is the main theme, with the rest of the novel wrapped around it. They do not need to be serious either. Many are very funny, especially some of the plays which turn the social mores of their time into scathing humor.
As always, creating these Resource pages is a challenge, subject to change if I find it necessary to re-think my decisions!
Hope you find lots here to enjoy