Contemporary Futures: Perspectives from Social Anthropology


In industrial societies imagining the future is a serious business; our assumptions about the future govern the present management of domestic, national and global resources, and are projected, some would say inflicted, on societies whose visions are different. Contemporary Futures focuses not so much on whether the future can be known, but on interpreting the way we and others picture it. The contributors, all social anthropologists, explore the effects that this picture has on the present, on group identity and belief in the self and its survival, on our relationships with other cultures, and on the future itself. They provide a cross-cultural perspective on a range of futures visualised at this time and discusses the implications of

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Sandra Wallman
  • David Lowenthal
  • Guro Huby
  • Brian Durrans
  • Jeremy Boissevain
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1992