Imagining Collective Futures

Perspectives from Social, Cultural and Political Psychology

  • Constance de Saint-Laurent
  • Sandra Obradović
  • Kevin R. Carriere

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Constance de Saint-Laurent, Sandra Obradović, Kevin R. Carriere
    Pages 1-12
  3. Imagining the Future

  4. Collective Imaginations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Cathy Nicholson, Caroline Howarth
      Pages 173-196
  5. Creating Socio-Political Change

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 295-298

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.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Constance de Saint-Laurent
    • 1
  • Sandra Obradović
    • 2
  • Kevin R. Carriere
    • 3
  1. 1.University of NeuchâtelNeuchâtelSwitzerland
  2. 2.London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Georgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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