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Negotiating personal and collective futures across diverse social contexts


Beasy, K and O'Dowd, M, Negotiating personal and collective futures across diverse social contexts, Proceedings of the 22nd International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference (ISDRS 2016), 13-15 July 2016, Lisbon, Portugal, pp. 168-180. ISBN 978-972-674-791-8 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The way that people perceive of the future influences their actions in the present. Literature suggests that often people have hopes for their own personal futures, for example their family and career aspirations, yet remain pessimistic about a collective future both at the local and global scale (Hicks and Holden, 1995). This paper considers the intersections between the personal and collective futures of people from different social contexts. We conclude that connections between personal and collective futures are conceptualised differently according to social context. This paper presents preliminary findings from an in-depth qualitative study located in a regional town of Tasmania, Australia. The study utilised Bourdieuís theoretical framework and drew heavily on habitus as a guiding method as well as an interpretative tool. Five focus groups were held across varying social contexts during 2015 and were subject to dialogical analysis. This paper will present themes that were found to be significant for people in negotiating personal and collective futures, including the role of money, social place and power. Further to this, it will problematize the ways in which futures are primarily conceived of as personal and explore some of the ways that people negotiate positive aspirations for themselves with a negative outlook for the world more generally. The implications that disconnection in conceptualisations of personal futures with collective futures has on sustainable development will be discussed.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:futurity, community, sustainability, inclusion, diversity
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Continuing and community education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Beasy, K (Dr Kim Beasy)
UTAS Author:O'Dowd, M (Dr Mary O'Dowd)
ID Code:120520
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-08-28
Last Modified:2021-10-01

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