Multiple narratives of the futures of the global financial crisis

Sohail Inayatullah

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Using causal layered analysis, the underlying stories of the global financial crisis are explored. The seven narratives presented are the GFC as: (1) a mortgage crisis, (2) a global banking crisis, (3) creative destruction, as part of natural cycles, (4) a geopolitical shift, (5) God's plan, (6) symptom of the inequity of capitalism, and (7) a window of opportunity to a different, greener world. The essay concludes with five scenarios of the futures of the world system. These are: (1) business as usual, (2) the rise of 'Chindia', (3) the quick and long road to sustainability, (4) the end game of capitalism, and (5) a new era.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-128
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Futures Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Alternative futures
  • Causal layered analysis
  • Futures studies
  • Global financial crisis
  • Green technologies

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