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Speculative Research : The Lure of Possible Futures (Hardcover)
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So called ‘late modernity’ is marked by the escalating rise in and proliferation of hopes, uncertainties and unforeseen events brought about by the interplay between and patterning of social–natural, techno–scientific and political-economic developments. How ‘social’ actors engage in strategies and techniques for explaining, managing and ordering futures has become a key concern of recent social and cultural research addressing a diverse range of domains including political governance, advances in science and technology, environmental and ecological threats as well as the fragile unpredictability and overflows of market and economic processes.
Speculative Research casts a new light on such processes by responding to the pressing need to not only account for the role of instrumental logics and rationalities in managing societal futures but to develop more creative approaches that take into account speculative and practical engagements with possibilities for future-making that escape calculative rationalities and probabilistic anticipation.