Journal article

Geographies of the future: Prefigurative politics

Craig Jeffrey, Jane Dyson

PROGRESS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

This paper uses an examination of prefigurative politics – popularly imagined as ‘being the change you wish to see’ – to reflect on geographies of the future. We argue that prefigurative politics, which has become common since the mid-1990s, typically proceeds through multiple forms of improvisation. Successful prefigurative politics is usually institutionalised within organisations and movements and reshapes practices, discourses, and structures of power. We demonstrate how a focus on prefigurative politics can inform scholarship on the ‘anticipatory politics’ associated with dominant institutions and geographies of the future more broadly by highlighting ways in which people seek to enact ..

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