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Imagining the Future bridges theory, politics and literature. Inspired by Frederic Jameson’s Archaeologies of the Future, it is a fascinatingly diverse response to his proposition that ‘Utopia… now better expresses our relationship to a genuinely political future than any current program of action’ and that Utopia demands a ‘meditation on the impossible’.
For some readers the theme of settler colonialism may suggest a preoccupation with the past. This collection finds settler colonialism is a practice that relies upon assumptions about other cultures that are alive and well in the most powerful societies in the contemporary world.
The embattled concept of ‘the Arab’ urgently requires investigation, analysis and rethinking. In this book the theme of the historical meaning of Arab identity is pursued in the hope of making a modest contribution towards strengthening viable, non-sectarian and democratic alternatives to Islamist fundamentalism in the Arab world.