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The Ashgate Research Companion to Planning Theory

Conceptual Challenges for Spatial Planning

Edited by: Jean Hillier , Patsy Healey

Print publication date:  July  2010
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754672548
eBook ISBN: 9781315279251
Adobe ISBN: 9781315279244

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At a time of potentially radical changes in the ways in which humans interact with their environments - through financial, environmental and/or social crises - the raison d'être of spatial planning faces significant conceptual and empirical challenges. This Companion presents a multidimensional collection of critical narratives of conceptual challenges for spatial planning. The authors draw on various disciplinary traditions and theoretical frames to explore different ways of conceptualising spatial planning and the challenges it faces. Through problematising planning itself, the values which underpin planning and theory-practice relations, contributions make visible the limits of established planning theories and illustrate how, by thinking about new issues, or about issues in new ways, spatial planning might be advanced both theoretically and practically. There cannot be definitive answers to the conceptual challenges posed, but the authors in this collection provoke critical questions and debates over important issues for spatial planning and its future. A key question is not so much what planning theory is, but what might planning theory do in times of uncertainty and complexity. An underlying rationale is that planning theory and practice are intrinsically connected. The Companion is presented in three linked parts: issues which arise from an interactive understanding of the relations between planning ideas and the political-institutional contexts in which such ideas are put to work; key concepts in current theorising from mainly poststructuralist perspectives and what discussion on complexity may offer planning theory and practice.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Introduction to Part One  Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Governance, Space and Politics: Exploring the Governmentality of Planning Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Informality and the Politics of Planning Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Coexistence: Planning and the Challenge of Indigenous Rights Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Problematizing Planning: Critical and Effective Genealogies Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Is This How It Is, or Is This How It Is Here? Making Sense of Politics in Planning Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Role Conflict: Planners Torn Between Dialogical Ideals and Neo-liberal Realities  Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Enhancing Creativity and Action Orientation in Planning Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Introduction to Part Two Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Cities and Nations Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Modulation of Singularities – A Complexity Approach to Planning Competitions Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Community Enterprises: Imagining and Enacting Alternatives to Capitalism Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Trouble with Nature: ‘Ecology as the New Opium for the Masses’  Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Urbanity, (Neo)vitalism and Becoming Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Necessary Dreaming: Uses of Utopia in Urban Planning Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Introduction to Part Three Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Governance and Planning: A Pragmatic Approach  Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Coping with the Irreducible Uncertainties of Planning: An Evolutionary Approach Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Cybernetic Spatial Planning: Steering, Managing or Just Letting Go? Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Strategic Navigation in an Ocean of Theoretical and Practice Complexity Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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