The economic crisis and future imaginaries: How the economic crisis has affected people’s future imaginaries

The paper, explores if and how the economic crisis has affected people’s understanding of their future selves and their imagination of the future of society in Germany (Cologne) and Spain (Barcelona). Because the future perspective has grown to be a crucial element of people’s self-understanding (Rosenthal, 1993) and the integrity of society depends in part on the possibility to imagine a common future (Bauböck, 2017), the analysis of future imaginaries is a compelling tool for the investigation of societal questions.