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Future Imaginings: Organizing in Response to Climate Change

Wright, Christopher and De Cock, Christian J L and Nyberg, Daniel and Whiteman, Gail (2013) 'Future Imaginings: Organizing in Response to Climate Change.' Organization, 20 (5). pp. 647-658. ISSN 1350-5084


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Climate change has rapidly emerged as a major threat to our future. Indeed the increasingly dire projections of increasing global average temperatures and escalating extreme weather events highlight the existential challenge that climate change presents for humanity. In this editorial article we outline how climate change not only presents real, physical threats but also challenges the way we conceive of the broader economic, political and social order. We asked ourselves (and the contributors to this special issue) how we can imagine alternatives to our current path of ever escalating greenhouse gas emissions and economic growth. Through reference to the contributions that make up this special issue, we suggest that critically engaging with the concept of social, economic and political imaginaries can assist in tackling the conceptual and organizational challenges climate change poses. Only by questioning current sanitised and market-oriented interpretations of the environment, and embracing the catharsis and loss that climate change will bring, can we open up space for new future imaginings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate change; futures; imaginaries; social imaginary significations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Centre for Work, Organisation and Society
Depositing User: Christian De Cock
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2014 11:58
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2015 15:45

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