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Future Fears: Anticipation and the Politics of Emotion in the Future Industry
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Södertörns högskola, Sverige.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6797-3892
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
2021 (English)In: Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, ISSN 2000-1525, E-ISSN 2000-1525, Vol. 13, no 3, p. 1-25Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper is based on ethnographic work in organizations that form part of what we term the Future Industry – e.g. think tanks, consultancies and governmental bodies – involved in the charting, description and analysis of future scenarios. That is to say, an industry explicitly aiming for organizing the future. In the paper we analyze this industry, which we see as serving and feeding into, the emotional streams of contemporary politics and economics. In the interest of selling beliefs of the future, we suggest that it attempts to make its customers sense the pros and cons of the particular future it puts forth. The paper argues that the mapping and selling of futures to a large extent involves the voicing of “problems” and the presentation of “desirable futures”, the cultivation, articulation and management of fear, anxiety, and hope, as well as a reliance on metrics, reason, and evidence, are central components.

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2021. Vol. 13, no 3, p. 1-25
Keywords [en]
Antication, foresight, industry, politics, emotion, consultancy
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-199370DOI: 10.3384/cu.3367Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85124961669OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-199370DiVA, id: diva2:1617389
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Global Foresight: Anticipatory Governance and the Making of Geo-Cultural Scenarios
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Riksbankens JubileumsfondAvailable from: 2021-12-06 Created: 2021-12-06 Last updated: 2022-04-13Bibliographically approved

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