Coordinating futures: Toward a theory of anticipation

Iddo Tavory, Nina Eliasoph

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    This article presents a theoretical approach for studying the coordination of futures. Building off theories of temporality and action, the authors map three different modes of future making-protentions, trajectories, and temporal landscapes-that actors need to coordinate in order to make sense of action together. Using a wide range of empirical evidence, they then show that these modes of future-coordination are autonomous from each other, so that although they are connected, they can clash or move in disjointed directions in interaction. By focusing on the coordination and disjunctures of those three modes, the authors argue that sociologists can provide a methodological axis of comparison between cases; depict mechanisms through which other theoretical or empirical constructs-such as racism or late modernity-operate; and open a window into the ways in which people organize and coordinate their futures, a topic of inquiry in its own right.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)908-942
    Number of pages35
    JournalAmerican Journal of Sociology
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Jan 2013

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science


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