Mapping the Futures: Local Cultures, Global Change (Futures, by John Bird

By John Bird

There are actually new studies of house and time; new tensions among globalism and regionalism, socialism and consumerism, fact and spectacle; new instabilities of worth, that means and id - a dialectic among prior and destiny. How are we to appreciate those? Mapping the Futures is the 1st of a sequence which brings jointly cultural theorists from assorted disciplines to evaluate the consequences of monetary, political and social switch for highbrow inquiry and cultural perform.

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Any political ‘future’ which is not open to radical change by those for whom the historic values of Australian socialism or nationalism may hold no obvious appeal is a future which already has no future. For this reason, I suspect that a common basis for constructive thinking shared between people with differing and conflicting dreams of what ‘a better world’ might mean is now emerging precisely from the experience of living oddly and awkwardly together in a country which is economically on the cusp of three powerful sets of relations among competing global powers —Europe, the United States and Japan (our major trading partner)—who are hovering on the edge of trade war, and to whom Australia’s gruesome fate in such a war is insignificant.

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The social facts remain that FUTURE FEAR 35 the population of Australia has doubled by immigration since the Second World War; that a quarter of this population now comes from a nonEnglish-speaking background; and that substantial numbers of these people do not refer their historical experience, their cultural identity or their political dreams to western European traditions. Any political ‘future’ which is not open to radical change by those for whom the historic values of Australian socialism or nationalism may hold no obvious appeal is a future which already has no future.

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