Destination Identity-Futures Images as Social Identity

Abstract

This research explores the role of identity in relation to the social construction of reality and collective images of the future, in that it focuses on the extent that futures images create a social identity, and conversely, the extent by which a transformed social identity creates a social destination. Thus, the paper introduces the concept of “destination identity” in the context of social foresight. It also uncovers the role of the core narrative or national myth of a society in the transformation of national identity and compares identity through the three time frames of past, present, and future. Finally, it explores the capacity this new perception of “destination identity” has to create solidarity and a renewed social identity (as well as issues of compatibility) for a humanity and civilization in transition.

Keywords: Destination identity; Social construction of reality; Futures studies; Images of the future.

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