Futures dreaming outside and on the margins of the western world

Milojevic, Ivana and Inayatullah, Sohail (2003) Futures dreaming outside and on the margins of the western world. Futures, 35 2003: 493-507. doi:10.1016/S0016-3287(02)00095-2

Author Milojevic, Ivana
Inayatullah, Sohail
Title Futures dreaming outside and on the margins of the western world
Journal name Futures   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0016-3287
Publication date 2003-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0016-3287(02)00095-2
Volume 35
Issue 2003
Start page 493
End page 507
Total pages 15
Editor Zia Sardar
Place of publication Jordan Hill, Oxford
Publisher Elsevier Science
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
420399 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
751005 Communication across languages and cultures
Abstract In this article, we challenge the hegemony of western science fiction, arguing that western science fiction is particular even as it claims universality. Its view remains based on ideas of the future as forward time. In contrast, in non-western science fiction the future is seen outside linear terms: as cyclical or spiral, or in terms of ancestors. In addition, western science fiction has focused on the good society as created by technological progress, while non-western science fiction and futures thinking has focused on the fantastic, on the spiritual, on the realization of eupsychia-the perfect self. However, most theorists assert that the non-west has no science fiction, ignoring Asian and Chinese science fiction history, and western science fiction continues to 'other' the non-west as well as those on the margins of the west (African-American woman, for example). Nonetheless, while most western science fiction remains trapped in binary opposites-alien/non-alien; masculine/feminine; insider/outsider-writers from the west's margins are creating texts that contradict tradition and modernity, seeking new ways to transcend difference. Given that the imagination of the future creates the reality of tomorrow, creating new science fictions is not just an issue of textual critique but of opening up possibilities for all our futures.
Keyword Economics
Planning & Development
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2004 Higher Education Research Data Collection
School of Social Science Publications
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 5 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Scopus Citation Count Cited 6 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Wed, 15 Aug 2007, 02:10:04 EST