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Title: Holding the future together: towards a theorisation of the spaces and times of transition
Authors: Brown, Gavin
Kraftl, Peter
Pickerill, Jenny
Upton, Caroline
First Published: 2012
Publisher: Pion
Citation: Environment and Planning A, 2012, 44 (7), pp. 1607-1623
Abstract: Social scientists often use the notion of ‘transition’ to denote diverse trajectories of change in different types of bodies: from individuals, to communities, to nation-states. Yet little work has theorised how transition might occur across, between, or beyond these bodies. The aim of this paper is to sketch out a multiple, synthetic, and generative (but by no means universal) theory of transition. Primarily drawing on the British context, we explore and exemplify two contentions. Firstly, that the notion of transition is increasingly being deployed to frame and combine discourses in terms of community development, responses to environmental change, and the individual lifecourse. Specifically framed as ‘transition’, such discourses are gaining increasing purchase in imagining futures that reconfigure, but do not transform, assumed neoliberal futures. Our second contention is that these discourses and policies must try to ‘hold the future together’ in one or more senses. They must wrestle with a tension between imminent threats (climate change, economic nonproductivity) which weigh heavily on the present and its possible futures, and the precarious act of redirecting those futures in ways that might better hold together diverse social groups, communities, and places.
DOI Link: 10.1068/a44608
ISSN: 0308-518X
eISSN: 1472-3409
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2012, Pion Ltd. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: Gavin Brown, Peter Kraftl et al., 2012. The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and Planning A, 44 (7), pp. 1607-1623, 2012, DOI 10.1068/a44608.
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