Advancing Futures: Futures Studies in Higher Education

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James Allen Dator
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - Education - 409 pages
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What is Futures Studies, what are the theories and methods underlying the field? What are its basic concepts and metaphors, and how is it related to other academic fields? These are the core questions addressed in this book by a comprehensive assembly of distinguished scholars. They explore the enigma of why Futures Studies, despite its growing maturity as an intellectual endeavor, after more than three decades of groundbreaking work, still struggles for institutional acceptance. Together these contributors paint a picture of Futures Studies not so much a product of the stale intellectual heritage of the 20th century, but as a vibrant harbinger of intellectual perspectives sure to gain wider currency in the 21st.

Drawing on their backgrounds in fields as diverse as political science, history, sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology, management, and human ecology, this international line-up of contributors includes world systems theorist Immanuel Wallerstein, philosopher Peter Manicas, management professor Bill Halal, and industrial sociologist Arthur Shostak.

 

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Contents

The Future Lies Behind Thirty Years of Teaching Futures Studies
1
Overviews and Histories
31
Making People Responsible The Possible the Probable and the Preferable
33
A Sociologists Experience
53
The Future as a Sociocultural Problem A Personal Ethnohistory
61
Past and Future
83
Futures Studies as an Intellectual and Applied Discipline
91
Pedagogy Culture and Futures Studies
109
A Generation of Futures Studies in Taiwan
209
Teaching FuturesSeeking Policy Process
217
A Journey to the Future in the United Kingdom
233
Global Issues and Futures for Planners The Heuristic Model
243
Planet Eaters or Star Makers?
265
The Challenge of Teaching Futures Studies
283
Giving Images a Chance Images of the Future as a Tool for Sociology
295
Futures Praxis Consulting and Teaching Futures Studies through the World Wide Web
309

Explaining and Defining
123
Explaining the Past and Predicting the Future
125
Social Change and Futures Practice
135
Permanent Development of Futures Research Methodology
143
The Transformation of Futures Research in Hungary
153
Politics + Science Futures Studies?
161
Maximizing Evolvability Teaching Futures Studies at the University Level
177
FutureOriented Complexity and Adaptive Studies FOCAS
183
Courses and Methods
193
Futures Studies in Pakistan The PFI
195
Postmodern Education A Futures Perspective
321
Visionary Futures Guided Cognitive Imagery in Teaching and Learning about the Future
331
Concerns and Issues
343
Producing a Better World Theory Education and Consulting
345
Cocreating a Futures Studies Course with Unionists
355
Diagnosing Global Change Educating the Economic Strategist
361
Prophets of a HighTech Age Futures Studies through the Eyes of a Futurist
369
Index
383
About the Editor and Contributors
403
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JAMES A. DATOR is professor of political science and director of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies at the University of Hawaii, and a past president of the World Futures Studies Federation.

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