Projective Political Talk

Future Projections in Debates over Environmental Sustainability (with Dr. Ann Mische [PI] and Leslie MacColman)

In what ways do cultural models of the future shape actions taken in the present?5clusters_fandend
Building off of Dr. Ann Mische’s working theory of future projections, we apply natural language processing, relational mapping techniques, and statistical modeling to a novel corpus of civil society actors engaging in debates over the prospects of environmental sustainability to analyze (1) how these actors are positioned in the discursive field given the cultural models of the future they use to deliberate, and (2) how these future projections map onto forms of unfolding political participation.

The topic model solution is available interactively through the LDAvis tool by Carson Sievert and Kenny Shirley.