Arbetsrapport, Institutet för Framtidsstudier - Institute for Futures Studies
The Future Landscape
Abstract: This working paper is a preliminary study of some central
actors in the future landscape. It argues that the future landscape is a
spectrum stretching from institutions claiming independent, objective
expertise and scientific certainty about the future, to those focused on
the social creation of knowledge through participation and public debate.
We might call this a spectre encompassing radically different approaches to
the knowability and governability of the future – hence a landscape that
stretches from the knowable and governable future to the unknowable and
ungovernable. These shifting dimensions in claims to scientific rationality
and political control are discernible in definitions of future studies as
an activity of knowledge production. What kind of study object is the
future, what kind of knowledge can one produce, how, and with what claims
to certainty and expertise?
Keywords: future studies; future; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D80; (follow links to similar papers)
21 pages, May 2008
ISSN: 1652-120X; ISBN: 978-91-85619-24-5
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