Imagining the Impossible: The Shifting Role of Utopian Thought in Civic Planning, Science Fiction, and Futures Studies

@article{Raven2015ImaginingTI,
  title={Imagining the Impossible: The Shifting Role of Utopian Thought in Civic Planning, Science Fiction, and Futures Studies},
  author={Paul Graham Raven},
  journal={Journal of Futures Studies},
  year={2015},
  volume={20},
  pages={113-122}
}
  • P. Raven
  • Published 2015
  • Art
  • Journal of Futures Studies
Histories of futurism and/or futures studies tend to see the discipline as having its roots in the “operations research” paradigm of the mid-20th Century, which in turn emerged from what eventually became the RAND Corporation (for an exemplar see e.g. Bell, 1996). To construct futurism in such a manner is to ignore many other disciplines whose focus has also been on the development, description and analysis of imagined futures. The RAND-rooted history restricts “proper” futurism to a… 

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