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Future Narratives: Theory, Poetics, and Media-Historical Moment

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ISBN: 9783110272376 9783110272123 Year: Pages: 237 DOI: 10.1515/9783110272376 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This head volume of the ´Narrating Futures` series defines and identifies Future Narratives. It parses their characteristic features and aims at an abstract classification of the whole corpus, irrespective of its concrete manifestations across the media. Drawing on different theorems and approaches, it offers a unified theory and a poetics of Future Narratives. Locating the media-historical moment of their emergence, this volume paves the way for the following volumes, which deal with how Future Narratives are refracted through different media.

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Future --- Narratives --- Narratology

Alternate History: Playing with Contingency and Necessity

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ISBN: 9783110272475 9783110272178 Year: Pages: 319 DOI: 10.1515/9783110272475 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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While, strictly speaking, Alternate Histories are not Future Narratives, their analysis can shed a clear light on why Future Narratives are so different from past narratives. Trying to have it both ways, most Alternate Histories subscribe to a conflicting set of beliefs concerning determinism and freedom of choice, contingency and necessity. For the very first time, Alternate Histories are here discussed against the backdrop of their Other, Future Narratives. The volume contains in-depth analyses of the classics of the genre.

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History --- Future --- Past --- Narrative

Le possibilità del futuro : Economia e politica dell’immaginario

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ISBN: 9788878855953 DOI: 10.4000/books.res.1143 Language: Italian
Publisher: Rosenberg & Sellier
Subject: Political Science
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Perché le persone scelgono di vivere in situazioni che esse stesse valutano negativamente e che provocano loro disagio e sofferenza? Perché accettano le regole e i comandi dettati da soggetti e organizzazioni con cui non sono in sintonia, e che spesso disprezzano? In breve: perché le persone si rassegnano e obbediscono, anche quando non vorrebbero? Di fronte a questa domanda, il libro argomenta che ognuno affronta sempre soltanto i problemi che crede di poter risolvere. I modi con cui immaginiamo il mondo plasmano i valori e le preferenze, i vincoli e le aspettative che orientano le nostre azioni. Sono i modelli mentali (gli schemi interpretativi del mondo), le credenze collettive (le convinzioni su com’è fatto il mondo) e le identità sociali (le convinzioni su chi siamo nel mondo) a determinare le nostre scelte. Quando smarriamo il significato delle nostre attività e della nostra presenza nel mondo, inventiamo futuri possibili, per meglio vivere in una società nella quale quei mondi inventati hanno efficacia. Tuttavia, se immaginare mondi è lo strumento fondamentale con cui interveniamo su noi stessi e sul contesto, non tutte le simulazioni sono uguali. Alcune reificano i processi sociali e riproducono le asimmetrie di potere, assegnando a qualcuno la responsabilità del cambiamento; altre si aprono a progettualità inclusive ed egualitarie. È sul terreno conflittuale delle immaginazioni del futuro che si gioca la possibilità di sradicare la servitù volontaria.

Coming back to life : the permeability of past and present, mortality and immortality, death and life in the ancient Mediterranean

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ISBN: 9781770962224 Year: Pages: 475 Language: English
Publisher: McGill University Library & Archives Grant: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Subject: Religion --- History
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The lines between death and life were neither fixed nor finite to the peoples of the ancient Mediterranean. For most, death was a passageway into a new and uncertain existence, and many perceived the deceased to continue to exercise agency among the living. Even for those more skeptical of an afterlife, notions of

Playing the Text, Performing the Future: Future Narratives in Print and Digiture

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ISBN: 9783110272390 9783110272130 Year: Pages: 246 DOI: 10.1515/9783110272390 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This volume examines the structure of text-based Future Narratives in the widest sense, including choose-your-own-adventure books, forking-path novels, combinatorial literature, hypertexts, interactive fiction, and alternate reality games. How ´radical` can printed Future Narratives really be, given the constraints of their media? When exactly do they not only play with the mere idea of multiple continuations, but actually stage genuine openness and potentiality? Process-rather than product-oriented, text-based Future Narratives are seen as performative and contingent systems, simulating their own emergence.

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Play --- Text --- Performance --- Future --- Digital

Future-Proofing the State

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ISBN: 9781925021516 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_496491 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Social Sciences
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This book focuses on the challenges facing governments and communities in preparing for and responding to major crises — especially the hard to predict yet unavoidable natural disasters ranging from earthquakes and tsunamis to floods and bushfires, as well as pandemics and global economic crises. Future-proofing the state and our societies involves decision-makers developing capacities to learn from recent ‘disaster’ experiences in order to be better placed to anticipate and prepare for foreseeable challenges. To undertake such futureproofing means taking long-term (and often recurring) problems seriously, managing risks appropriately, investing in preparedness, prevention and mitigation, reducing future vulnerability, building resilience in communities and institutions, and cultivating astute leadership. In the past we have often heard calls for ‘better future-proofing’ in the aftermath of disasters, but then neglected the imperatives of the message. Future-Proofing the State is organised around four key themes: how can we better predict and manage the future; how can we transform the short-term thinking shaped by our political cycles into more effective long-term planning; how can we build learning into our preparations for future policies and management; and how can we successfully build trust and community resilience to meet future challenges more adequately?

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Book title: Energy Poverty and Vulnerability

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ISBN: 9781315231518 9781138294455 Year: Pages: 10 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Geology --- Earth Sciences
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We began this book with the aim of providing the first global and comparative perspective on energy vulnerability, in order to advance debates on the systemic processes and conditions that (re)produce domestic energy deprivation. By bringing together 13 chapters that cover 14 countries in total, the volume provides the first instance where such divergent contexts are brought together to discuss energy vulnerability in one common space. In this concluding discussion, we look across the range of contributions and draw out some overarching lessons, policy implications and future research directions.

Transforming the Future

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ISBN: 9789231002687 9781138485877 9781351048002 Year: Pages: 300 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Social Sciences
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People are using the future to search for better ways to achieve sustainability, inclusiveness, prosperity, well-being and peace. In addition, the way the future is understood and used is changing in almost all domains, from social science to daily life. This book presents the results of significant research undertaken by UNESCO with a number of partners to detect and define the theory and practice of anticipation around the world today. It uses the concept of ‘Futures Literacy’ as a tool to define the understanding of anticipatory systems and processes – also known as the Discipline of Anticipation. This innovative title explores: •• new topics such as Futures Literacy and the Discipline of Anticipation; •• the evidence collected from over 30 Futures Literacy Laboratories and presented in 14 full case studies; •• the need and opportunity for significant innovation in human decision-making systems. This book will be of great interest to scholars, researchers, policy-makers and students, as well as activists working on sustainability issues and innovation, future studies and anticipation studies.

A Future History of Water

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ISBN: 9781478004516 Year: Pages: 248 Language: English
Publisher: Duke University Press
Subject: Ethnology
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Based on fieldwork among state officials, NGOs, politicians, and activists in Costa Rica and Brazil, A Future History of Water traces the unspectacular work necessary to make water access a human right and a human right something different from a commodity. Andrea Ballestero shows how these ephemeral distinctions are made through four technolegal devices—formula, index, list and pact. She argues that what is at stake in these devices is not the making of a distinct future but what counts as the future in the first place. A Future History of Water is an ethnographically rich and conceptually charged journey into ant-filled water meters, fantastical water taxonomies, promises captured on slips of paper, and statistical maneuvers that dissolve the human of human rights. Ultimately, Ballestero demonstrates what happens when instead of trying to fix its meaning, we make water’s changing form the precondition of our analyses.

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water --- wonder --- future --- difference --- human rights --- commodification --- ethics

European Perspectives for Public Administration

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ISBN: 9789461663078 9789462702035 9789461663085 Year: Pages: 468 DOI: 10.11116/9789461663078 Language: English
Publisher: Leuven University Press
Subject: Political Science
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"The public sector in our society has over the past two decades undergone substantial changes, as has the academic field studying Public Administration (PA). In the next twenty years major shifts are further expected to occur in the way futures are anticipated and different cultures are integrated. Practice will be handled in a relevant way, and more disciplines will be engaging in the field of Public Administration. The prominent scholars contributing to this book put forward research strategies and focus on priorities in the field of Public Administration. The volume will also give guidance on how to redesign teaching programmes in the field. This book will provide useful insights to compare and contrast European PA with PA in Europe, and with developments in other parts of the world."

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