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Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture

Imagining Collective Futures

Perspectives from Social, Cultural and Political Psychology

Editors: de Saint-Laurent, Constance, Obradović, Sandra, Carriere, Kevin R. (Eds.)

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  • Promotes the importance of imagination in human social lives
  • Considers the future-oriented imagination in conjunction with history
  • Contains practical implications for sectors such as social work, community leadership, activism and charity
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About this book

It is a commonly held assumption among cultural, social, and political psychologists that imagining the future of societies we live in has the potential to change how we think and act in the world. However little research has been devoted to whether this effect exists in collective imaginations, of social groups, communities and nations, for instance. This book explores the part that imagination and creativity play in the construction of collective futures, and the diversity of outlets in which these are presented, from fiction and cultural symbols to science and technology. The authors discuss this effect in social phenomena such as in intergroup conflict and social change, and focus on several cases studies to illustrate how the imagination of collective futures can guide social and political action. This book brings together theoretical and empirical contributions from cultural, social, and political psychology to offer insight into our constant (re)imagination of the societies in which we live.

About the authors

Constance de Saint-Laurent is a Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, where she previously completed a PhD on the sociocultural psychology of collective memory. Her research focuses on social thinking, imagination and the life-course, and more generally on how people construct and understand the world in which they live. 

Sandra Obradovic is based at the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK. Her research focuses on the role that identity, power and representations of history play in shaping attitudes and behaviours towards socio-political change. 

Kevin R. Carriere studies at Georgetown University, USA, where he is examining the political psychology of perceived threat and its effects on support for human rights violations. His research focuses on how individuals understand, apply, and negotiate human rights and their violations through negotiation, education, and activism. 


Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: What May the Future Hold?

    de Saint-Laurent, Constance (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Imagining the Collective Future: A Sociocultural Perspective

    Zittoun, Tania (et al.)

    Pages 15-37

  • Framing the Issue: Literature, Collective Imagination, and Fan Activism

    Carriere, Kevin R.

    Pages 39-58

  • Thinking Through Time: From Collective Memories to Collective Futures

    de Saint-Laurent, Constance

    Pages 59-81

  • Perspectival Collective Futures: Creativity and Imagination in Society

    Glăveanu, Vlad Petre

    Pages 83-105

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-76051-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-76050-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Imagining Collective Futures
Book Subtitle
Perspectives from Social, Cultural and Political Psychology
Editors
  • Constance de Saint-Laurent
  • Sandra Obradović
  • Kevin R. Carriere
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-76051-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-76051-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-76050-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 298
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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