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Not what they were
Michael Clarke

F UTURES arrive more quickly these days. When policymakers refer to ‘the future’ they normally mean those years ahead when they can no longer anticipate what might happen, when ‘present trends’ will be a shaky basis for further decisions. More than their Cold War predecessors, even more than their immediate predecessors, contemporary British defence policymakers are tormented by the alternative futures they face, and their lack of confidence in the longevity of ‘present trends’. All policy

in The challenge of defending Britain
A new research agenda
Madi Day
Tristan Kennedy
, and
Bronwyn Carlson

volume Global Networks of Indigeneity: People, Sovereignties and Futures denotes shared solidarity, activism and envisioning amongst Indigenous peoples – we are jointly invested in futures liberated of colonialism and settler colonialism where we are free to enjoy our own lands and lives in conditions of our own making. Leonie Pihama (2021, p. 164) refers to this in Māku Anō e Hanga Tōku Nei Whare

in Global networks of Indigeneity
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The extension of jurisdiction in the Anthropocene north
Bruce Erickson
Liam Kennedy-Slaney
, and
James Wilt

futures for an extractive-administrative colonialism. Two cases anchor our observations: the scientific approach held within the Arctic Pilot Project that attempted to produce ice as an object with a predictable and actionable future, and the securitization of polar bears through monitoring and deterrence programmes in northern towns. Before turning to those cases, we set the scene by considering the interplay between jurisdiction claims in the north, changing sea ice, and the rise of northern environmentalism. This is, as we point out below, a story

in Ice humanities
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A conversation between Indigenous non-binary academics
Percy Lezard
Madi Day
, and
Sandy O’Sullivan

. So, I don’t constantly want to be preoccupied with continually thinking of gender in the colonial project. I need to find places of hope. That’s my response and it’s ever growing and ever evolving. Madi Day: Thank you. Mariame Kaba says that hope is a discipline 23 and I think I cling to that in terms of abolishing colonialism and other possible futures in my own context

in Global networks of Indigeneity
Elisa Pieri

6 Urban futures and competing trajectories for Manchester city centre Elisa Pieri Introduction In this chapter I argue that engaging urban futures as a heuristic reveals not only important tensions connected to future developments and imagined uses of the city centre, but also opens up to scrutiny the present experiences and uses of the city centre, and the competing interests that a range of actors c­ urrently have. Governance in Manchester is often described as resulting from a successful and harmonious deployment of public–private partnerships (Kellie 2010

in Realising the city
James Greenhalgh

1 Fantasies of urban futures In 1945, in common with many other British towns and cities, Hull and Manchester produced comprehensive, detailed redevelopment plans. Unlike pre-war plans, which tended to be somewhat piecemeal, usually dealt with specific areas of cities and were rarely published, a significant number of the post-war plans for cities and larger towns were printed in impressive books, garnering much press attention and were accompanied by well-attended public exhibitions.1 These Plans were a spectacular mix of maps, representations of modern

in Reconstructing modernity
Geraldine Cousin

5 Stories of lost futures Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen was only one of a number of new plays in 1998 in which stories of children played important roles. ‘Few theatregoers can have failed to notice the extraordinary preoccupation with children in this season’s crop of new plays’, Sam Marlowe remarked in his review of Mark Ravenhill’s Handbag (What’s On, 23.9.98), which opened at the Lyric Studio on 14 September 1998. His words echoed Michael Billington’s comments in the Guardian the previous week: ‘Babies. They are everywhere this theatrical season. Test

in Playing for time
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The bridge, the fund and insurance in Dar es Salaam
Irmelin Joelsson

opportunities ( fursa ) and carve out space ( nafasi ) 2 for future actions. However, their stories shared a strong emphasis on anticipating future scenarios and the ways these could be controlled, which Yahya in the vignette above described as ‘insurance strategies’, Smart as ‘practised luck’ and the boda boda driver as ‘clever hustling’. The interpretation of ‘insurance’ as a means of negotiating risky futures is important, neither corresponding directly with the Swahili word for formal insurance, bima , which connotes

in African cities and collaborative futures
Temporal complexities and memory talk
Cathrine Degnen

3 Endings, pasts and futures: temporal complexities and memory talk Introduction Relationships with time came to preoccupy me in Dodworth. On the one hand, I was aware of social stereotypes that posit older people are ‘lost in the past’, but this was emphatically not the case for the people I came to know in Dodworth. On the other hand, Dodworth is a place where the past matters a great deal, namely through ‘memory talk’ whereby the past is highly valorised locally across generations and intersects with claims of belonging. Considerations of temporal relations

in Ageing selves and everyday life in the North of England
Urban platforms and metropolitan logistics

African cities and collaborative futures: Urban platforms and metropolitan logistics brings together scholars from across the globe to discuss the nature of African cities – the interactions of residents with infrastructure, energy, housing, safety and sustainability, seen through local narratives and theories. This groundbreaking collection, drawing on a variety of fields and extensive first-hand research, offers a fresh perspective on some of the most pressing issues confronting urban Africa in the twenty-first century. Each of the chapters, using case studies from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania, explores how the rapid growth of African cities is reconfiguring the relationship between urban social life and its built forms. While the most visible transformations in cities today can be seen as infrastructural, these manifestations are cultural as well as material, reflecting the different ways in which the city is rationalised, economised and governed. How can we ‘see like a city’ in twenty-first-century Africa, understanding the urban present to shape its future? This is the central question posed throughout this volume, with a practical focus on how academics, local decision-makers and international practitioners can work together to achieve better outcomes.