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By Nik Brown,Brian Rappert

In a special quantity, Contested Futures brings jointly a bunch of students to ascertain the relationships among social motion and the long run. instead of speculating upon what the longer term may deliver, the quantity interrogates the metaphors and practices during which the long run is mobilized as an item of trendy motion and organisation. The publication shifts the analytical gaze from taking a look into the longer term to taking a look at the longer term as a sociological phenomenon in its personal correct. Futures are hence contested in up to they check in ameliorations of curiosity, timeframe or organizational and political shape. Contestation is additionally obtrusive within the ascendancy of definite discourses, languages and metaphors which foreclose a few futures while facilitating others. yet futures are faraway from being easily linguistic abstractions, and in reality can usually be noticeable to harden into fabric entrenchment as expectancies develop into scripted into 'path dependency' and 'lock in'. Contested Futures is a useful research for either teachers and coverage actors looking a greater knowing of the ubiquity of futures-discourse within the context of today’s uncertainties.

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