Brussels: Futures of Identity in a Nationalist Landscape

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2016-05
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De Vidts, Kim
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[Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2016]
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Directly applying the Mānoa School of Futures Studies’ four generic futures methodology, this dissertation investigates the driving forces, contemporary trends and emerging issues of Brussels anno 2015 within a nationalistic Flemish, Belgian and European Union landscape. Working with these images of the contemporary Global City of Brussels, futures scenarios for four futures of identity in 2060 are explored: Continued Growth via Social Fortress Flanders in Confederate Belgium; Collapse and New Beginnings in Arabic Fortress Brussels; Disciplined European Survival Regulated by Brussels, E.C. (Capital of the United States of Europe); and Transformation in Organic & Synthetic Identities in Sector 1 of Galactic Europe. This study concludes with a preferred future for Brussels utilizing the futures’ backcasting technique.
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Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2016.
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Futures, Nationalism, European Union, Identity, Brussels
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Theses for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Political Science
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