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No more imperial cities : on futurology in social science

Gleeson, Brendan

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This paper considers the dangers for social science when the predictive urge extends to prophesy, the conviction that the future is already knowable. Seen from a spatial perspective, futurology frequently relies on the theoretical aggrandisement of contemporary places to press its claim that the future of space has already been foretold in contemporary events. Two cases are essayed as cautionary tales: first, the inflated claims made in the social sciences during the 1980s for Los Angeles as a...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Urban Research Unit/Program
Date published: 1996
Type: Working/Technical Paper
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/116280
DOI: 10.4225/13/590a53bb7a322

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