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Rescuing All Our Futures: The Future of Futures Studies

Rescuing All Our Futures: The Future of Futures Studies

by Ziauddin Sardar


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Rescuing All Our Futures: The Future of Futures Studies

The future is the last frontier where nonwestern societies are still free—free to envision desirable futures based on their own worldviews, cultures, and traditions. Yet the discipline of futures studies, this volume argues, has abandoned its goal of exploring such diverse and alternative futures in favor of a single, myopic vision that is incapable of seeing outside the framework of western thought and action. Its overemphasis on forecasting and prediction, its overpreoccupation with technology, and its neglect of nonwestern cultures and concerns have transformed the discipline into an instrument for the colonization of the future. Distinguished contributors from a variety of cultural and disciplinary backgrounds discuss ways of bringing multiculturalism and plurality to the heart of futures studies and point towards new, decolonizing directions.

This groundbreaking text will be essential reading for all those interested in helping shape more pluralistic and humane futures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275965587
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/30/1999
Series: Praeger Studies on the 21st Century Series
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

ZIAUDDIN SARDAR is an internationally renowned writer, futurist, and cultural critic. Author of some 30 books, he was recently appointed editor of Futures: The Journal of Policy, Planning and Future Studies. He has been actively involved in the futures movement for over two decades and is an executive board member of the World Futures Studies Federation.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Ziauddin Sardar

The Problem of Futures Studies by Ziauddin Sardar

How the Future is Cloned by Kirk W. Junker

Rethinking Futures Studies by Eleonora B. Masini

Reorienting Futures Studies by Sohail Inayatullah

Feminising Futures Studies by Ivana Milojevic

De-Westernising Futures Studies by Susantha Goonatilake

Implementing Critical Futures Studies by Richard A. Slaughter

Futures Studies and Futures Facilitators by S.P. Udayakumar

Futures Studies and Future Surprises by Graham H. May

Futures Studies and Foresight by Ted Fuller

Futures Studies and Global Futures by Jan Nederveen Pieterse

Futures Studies and Co-evolutionary Futures by Anne Jenkins and Morgen Witzel

Futures Studies and the Future of Science by Steve Fuller

Futures Studies and the Future of Art by Sean Cubitt

Futures and Knowledge by Vinay Lal

Futures and Prophecies by Jerome Ravetz

Futures and Dissent by Ashis Nandy

Other Futures Studies: A Bibliographic Essay by Merryl Wyn Davies


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