This chapter summarises the findings presented in the book, using them to address the research questions presented in Chap. 1: (1) how do individuals imagine the future of their society? (2) Do individuals’ imaginings of the long-term future interact with or impact upon the ways in which they relate to the short-term, biographical future? And (3) are the ways in which individuals relate to the long-term future compatible with popular theoretical accounts of the contemporary future horizon? The implications that these finding may have for both the sociology of risk and uncertainty and broader research considering environmental issues and pro-environmental behaviour are considered. Finally, the book concludes by contending that the long-term, societal future is of both relevance and concern for individuals in their everyday lives.
KeywordsFuture thinking Risk and uncertainty Long-term thinking Future imaginaries
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