Pragmatic Apparatus – Techniques of futuring: On how imagined futures become socially performative

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Abstract by Jeroen Oomen, Jesse Hoffman, Maarten A. Hajer

The concept of the future is re-emerging as an urgent topic on the academic agenda. In this article, we focus on the ‘politics of the future’: the social processes and practices that allow particular imagined futures to become socially performative. Acknowledging that the performativity of such imagined futures is well-understood, we argue that how particular visions come about and why they become performative is underexplained. Drawing on constructivist sociological theory, this article aims to fill (part of) this gap by exploring the question ‘how do imagined futures become socially performative’? In doing so, the article has three aims to (1) identify the leading social–theoretical work on the future; (2) conceptualize the relationship of the imagination of the future with social practices and the performance of reality; (3) provide a theoretical framework explaining how images of the future become performative, using the concepts ‘techniques of futuring’ and ‘dramaturgical regime’.

Publication: European Journal of Social Theory (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Pub Date: Jan 27, 2021 Doi:

Keywords: Dramaturgical regime, future, futuring, imaginaries, techniques of futuring (Plenty more sections and references in this research article)

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