China's search for the future: A genealogical approach

Jeanne Hoffman*

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This paper is a dialectical inquiry, presenting a genealogy of, China futures discourses and visions from ancient times through to the, present. It uses both structural and macrohistorical based approaches. The identified worldviews are placed in their broader historical, epistemes; asked why change has occurred, how it fits within patterns of, history and what kind of futures are offered. It is unique in that I use, the futures triangle methodology to discuss the "pulls" of the future in, each historical era with the corresponding "pushes" of the present and, "weights" of the past. The article concludes with a theory of futures in, Chinese history and looks at which philosophies are likely to play a role, in the possible futures of China. The aim is to highlight which visions, and images have been victorious is affecting the present and influencing, the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-67
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013


  • Alternative futures
  • China
  • Futures triangle
  • Genealogy
  • Macrohistorical approach


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