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Mathews & Barnes (2016). Prognosis: visions of environmental futures

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Mathews, A. S., & Barnes, J. (2016). Prognosis: visions of environmental futures. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 22(S1), 9-26.


While prognoses about the future are as old as human society, this special issue argues that the proliferation of new ways of modelling, planning, and interpolating the future of resources and environments is an increasing feature of contemporary environmental politics. In our introduction, we draw out two dimensions to this prognostic politics: first, the processes of making predictions about the future; and second, the movement of these predictions through the unstable and messy institutions that act upon the future in the present. We argue that new regimes of environmental forecasting and contests over these prognoses are giving rise to new forms of nature, framings of time and space, and modes of politics.