International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

American Futurology as a Sociological problem
Alberto Valdes Cobos, Rigoberto Sandoval Contreras

This work addresses the concern that has existed to scientifically study the future in the United States and frames it as a sociological problem. However, this concern has matured to become futurology. This analysis focuses on identifying the origins and development of twentieth-century American futurology. It is also interesting to make a critical assessment of Alvin Toffler's futurology, particularly his book The Third Wave, because he predicted some waves of change that the world has experienced in the last hundred years and as one of the main exponents of the functionalist convergence model and technological determinism. Finally, some ethical-political questions are posed to American futurology to show that its future scenarios diverge sociologically from the present and from the economic, technological, political and cultural reality of the third world countries.

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