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Midwives of the future: Futurism, futures studies and the shaping of the global imagination

Abstract : This chapter traces the rise of futurism in the immediate post war period in the ideas of a number of intellectuals central to its making: the American urbanist Lewis Mumford; the Dutch sociologist Fred Polak; the economist Kenneth Boulding and his equally prominent wife, peace activist Elise Boulding; the German journalist Robert Jungk; the Norwegian international relations theorist Johan Galtung; and the former RANDian, systems theorist Hazan Ozbekhan. In this chapter, I argue that through the ideas of these intellectuals and scientists, the future reemerged as a utopian category.
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Jenny Andersson. Midwives of the future: Futurism, futures studies and the shaping of the global imagination. Jenny Andersson; Jenny Andersson; Egle Rindzeviciute. The struggle for the long term in transnational science and politics: Forging the future, Routledge; Routledge, pp.16 - 38, 2015, 9781138858534. ⟨hal-02365677⟩

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