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Futures Traversed

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This chapter traces some of the complex and contradictory processes that are set in motion when the future is understood and approached as if it was a territory that can be colonised and traversed, or as a material resource to be used and consumed. Our responsibility for the future becomes harder to keep in focus when transactions are conducted in and for this growing present. To better understand some of these interdependencies the chapter considers the paradoxical impacts of the compulsive pursuit of speed on contemporary efforts to transform and traverse the future. It elaborates on cases where treasured plans and strategies for control disintegrate as actions conceived in the realms of space and matter get absorbed into the global process web of interactive give-and-take. Finally, the chapter considers the politics of posterity, and demonstrates how a politics of space and matter founders in the temporal realm of future making.

Keywords: future making; Futures; politics of space; posterity; treasured plans



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