Postnormal network futures: A rejoinder to Ziauddin Sardar

Cubitt, Sean; Hassan, Robert and Volkmer, Ingrid. 2010. Postnormal network futures: A rejoinder to Ziauddin Sardar. Futures, 42(6), pp. 617-624. ISSN 0016-3287 [Article]

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Sardar's “Welcome to Postnormal Times” describes the chaotic, contradictory and uncertain climate today, and analyses the failure of progress, modernisation or efficiency to provide ethical, political or even trustworthy economic solutions to the instability of the present. Missing in his analysis is the role of knowledge, especially as it is migrating from individuals to technical networks. This paper argues that recent developments in the networking of knowledge point towards a new constellation in which networks are emerging as major powers alongside the nation and the market, the two pillars of global political economy in the 20th and early 21st century. It responds to Sardar's challenge to imagine the future by imagining the political consequences of recognising non-human agencies as political actors.

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