The Struggle for the Long-Term in Transnational Science and Politics: Forging the Future

Author:   Jenny Andersson ,  Egle Rindzeviciute (Kingston University, UK)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Pages:   256
Publication Date:   15 May 2019
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This book reconsiders the power of the idea of the future. Bringing together perspectives from cultural history, environmental history, political history and the history of science, it investigates how the future became a specific field of action in liberal democratic, state socialist and post-colonial regimes after the Second World War. It highlights the emergence of new forms of predictive scientific expertise in this period, and shows how such forms of expertise interacted with political systems of the Cold War world order, as the future became the prism for dealing with post-industrialisation, technoscientific progress, changing social values, Cold War tensions and an emerging Third World. A forgotten problem of cultural history, the future re-emerges in this volume as a fundamentally contested field in which forms of control and central forms of resistance met, as different actors set out to colonise and control and others to liberate. The individual studies of this book show how the West European, African, Romanian and Czechoslovak long term was constructed through forms of expertise, computer simulations and models, and they reveal how such constructions both opened up new realities but also imposed limits on possible futures.

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Author:   Jenny Andersson ,  Egle Rindzeviciute (Kingston University, UK)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
ISBN:  

9780367263829


ISBN 10:   0367263823
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   15 May 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Foreword Michael D. Gordin Introduction: Toward a New History of the Future Jenny Andersson and Egle Rindzeviciute 1. Midwives of the Future: Futurism, Futures Studies and the Shaping of the Global Imagination Jenny Andersson 2. Expertise for the Future: The Emergence of Environmental Prediction c.1920-1970 Paul Warde and Sverker Soerlin 3. Energy Futures from the Social Market Economy to the Energiewende: The Politicization of West German Energy Debates, 1950-1990 Stefan Cihan Aykut 4. Technoscientific Cornucopian Futures versus Doomsday Futures: The World Models and The Limits to Growth Elodie Vieille-Blanchard 5. Towards a Joint Future Beyond the Iron Curtain: East-West Politics of Global Modelling Egle Rindzeviciute 6. Forecasting the Post-Socialist Future: Prognostika in Late Socialist Czechoslovakia, 1970-1989 Vitezslav Sommer 7. Official and Unofficial Futures of the Communism System: Romanian Futures Studies Between Control and Dissidence Ana-Maria Catanus 8. Virtually Nigeria: USAID, Simulated Futures, and the Politics of Postcolonial Expertise, 1964-1980 Kevin Baker 9. Pan-Africanism, Socialism and the Future: Development Planning in Ghana, 1951-1966 Jeff Grischow and Holger Weiss

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Jenny Andersson is CNRS research professor at the Center for European Studies of Sciences po, Paris. Egle Rindzeviciute is a researcher at the Center for European Studies of Sciences po, Paris, and Associate Professor in Culture Studies at Linkoeping University, Sweden.

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