Part of the Critical Studies in Risk and Uncertainty book series (CRSTRU)


Although at present humans have an unprecedented ability to act in ways that have long-term implications, due to the complexity of contemporary life they are perhaps now more than ever hindered in their abilities to extrapolate from the present in order to anticipate what the future will hold. Starting with this dilemma, this chapter introduces the key issue addressed in this book: specifically, how individuals perceive and cope with the uncertainty inherent in the long-term, societal future. After establishing the topic motivating this book, the chapter moves on to introduce the empirical, interview-based study which informs it, discussing how the data which it produced is used to address how individuals (in this case young adults living in Australia) imagine the future of their society.


Future thinking Long-term thinking Young adults Qualitative research Risk and uncertainty 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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