From our first experiences to our last, institutions structure our world – through education and medicine to politics, justice, civics and religion. But in recent years even the most entrenched of institutions are seemingly on the edge of implosion. Either through deliberate political attacks or as an effect of wider disruption, new social forces have issued a comprehensive challenge to the established order.
Does this new uncertainty mark a profound loss of trust in how our society is organised and how it operates? Might this be an opportunity for thorough-going reform to regain lost legitimacy, or does it mark an end-point for a social structure that is no longer tenable in the twenty-first century? Can institutions adapt? Can trust be rebuilt? Or will new forms of social organisation eventuate from this gathering sense of crisis?
Griffith Review seeks new work that reveals the ways our institutions are transforming, reshaping, renewing. We seek work that explores the change that is already underway, and what needs to happen next so our economic and social systems can meet the needs of a future society that is shaping up to be radically different from our own.
Griffith Review 67: Matters of Trust
Edited by Ashley Hay
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Publication date: 28 January 2020
Submissions now closed.
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