Postformal priorities for postnormal times - A rejoinder to Ziauddin Sardar

Gidley, J 2010, 'Postformal priorities for postnormal times - A rejoinder to Ziauddin Sardar', Futures: The Journal of Policy, Planning and Futures Studies, vol. 42, no. 6, pp. 625-632.


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Title Postformal priorities for postnormal times - A rejoinder to Ziauddin Sardar
Author(s) Gidley, J
Year 2010
Journal name Futures: The Journal of Policy, Planning and Futures Studies
Volume number 42
Issue number 6
Start page 625
End page 632
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract This essay is a postformal rejoinder to Ziauddin Sardar's Welcome to Postnormal Times. I have no quarrel with Sardar's conclusion that these times are postnormal, nor do I disagree with many of his observations, but our standpoints regarding implications are somewhat contradictory. Paradoxically, rather than jump into an old paradigm form of debate with Sardar's interpretations of postnormalcy, this rejoinder is a playful postformal response. I celebrate our complementary views as expressions of the complex truths of multiperspectivality. First I question the meaning of normal and postnormal in the context of such notions as "the pathology of normalcy". Secondly I begin to explore the postnormal circumstances from a postformal perspective. This involves discussion of notions of progress, development, evolution and co-evolution from different points of view as an opener to coming to terms with complexity. I then explore how concepts such as complexity and paradox can be understood as paths to wisdom; how active imagination can be engaged in the service of life; and how engaged imagination can unfold new normative narratives of alternative futures. Such imaginaries of hope are vital for the wellbeing of young people. The essay closes with a call to embrace the richness of complexity and play with-rather than fear-the paradox of planetary pluralism.
Subject Social Change
Keyword(s) complexity
futures
integral
postformal
postnormal
transdisciplinary
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.futures.2010.04.022
Copyright notice ©2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved
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