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Star Trek as the final frontier: overcoming the neoliberal paradigm


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Milanović, Jelena. (2018). Star Trek as the final frontier: overcoming the neoliberal paradigm. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Grgas, Stipe].

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Despite the vast research on the American science-fiction series Star Trek, the economic aspect of the series is still under-analyzed. The purpose of this study is to offer a perspective on our limited present as a way to imagine a limitless future by relating the narrative and episodes of Star Trek and its premise of economic abundance to our present. The problems researched are unsustainable socio-economic inequality, environmental issues and the demise of politics symptomatic of the current global economic sphere, which are a result of neoliberal policies for free movement of capital, goods and services across countries. A perspective on issues is given by putting neoliberal capitalism in the historical context of technological and scientific innovation and growth under capitalism and considering that the current trends in these fields point out to the fact that the world may be at the beginning stage of a post-scarcity economy. Star Trek’s vision of society presents the possibilities which economic abundance offers for the development of the society and political innovation. Being technologically, scientifically and politically grounded in our present and a reflection of the political thought of the United States as a product of abundant resources, Star Trek presents a positive model to build our globalized society upon. Considering the research, advances and innovation in the field of clean and unlimited energy, economic abundance seems to be a plausible near future. On the other hand, global issues are asking for political innovation on a global scale, such as the World Government. These trends point out to the probability of Star Trek’s model of global society based on democracy, egalitarianism, justice, solidary and individualism, which reflects the politics of the United States and presents them as the leader of this speculative new world order of the future.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Star Trek, neoliberalism, economic abundance, technology and science, social development, political innovation
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Grgas, Stipe
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2018 09:52
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2018 09:52

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