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What is the future we want? Future Session Workshops in Japanese Deliberative Democracy
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study explored the nature of Future Session workshops in current Japan by identifying the motivations, conducting analysis from the point of view a deliberative democracy, and examining the potentials for developing future visions of society. Four workshops were targeted that dealt with a wide range of societal problems and commonly challenged existing societal structures. The study found that the workshops were motivated by the doubt over the current direction of the society, a demand for a crosscutting cooperation between different fields, and a need to foster proactive actors through participatory workshop processes. Accordingly, it is argued that “deliberative democracy of workshops” based on dialogue and collaboration rather than confrontational communication and competition constitutes a Japanese deliberative democracy. The study also shows that the created projects and processes of deliberation contained many critical perspectives towards the dominant societal structure and norms. Finally, it is concluded that the process of actualizing the projects should be reflected carefully and the potential of these methods depends on the overreaching objective of its use.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 63 p.
, Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 256
Keyword [en]
Sustainable Development, Deliberative Democracy, Future Workshop, Japan, Societal Visions, Dialogue
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-259195OAI: diva2:843572
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2015-06-03, Norrland I, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2015-07-30 Created: 2015-07-29 Last updated: 2015-07-30Bibliographically approved

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