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Insurgencies and Revolutions
Reflections on John Friedmann’s Contributions to Planning Theory and Practice

ISBN 9781138682658
Published November 3, 2016 by Routledge
328 Pages

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Over the past six or more decades, John Friedmann has been an insurgent force in the field of urban and regional planning, transforming it from its traditional state-centered concern for establishing social and spatial order into a radical domain of collaborative action between state and civil society for creating ‘the good society’ in the present and future. By opening it up to theoretical engagement with a wide range of disciplines, Friedmann’s contributions have revolutionised planning as a transdisciplinary space of critical thinking, social learning, and reflective practice.

Insurgencies and Revolutions brings together former students, close research associates, and colleagues of John Friedmann to reflect on his contributions to planning theory and practice. The volume is organized around five broad themes where Friedmann’s contributions have risen to challenge established paradigms and generated the space for revolutionary thinking and action in urban and regional planning – Theorising hope; Economic development and regionalism; World cities and the Good city; Social learning, empowered communities, and citizenship; and Chinese cities. The essays by the authors reflect their engagement with his ideas and the new directions in which they have taken these in their work in planning theory and practice.

Table of Contents



Leonie Sandercock

Introduction to the Volume

Haripriya Rangan

Theme 1: Practising Hope

Theme introduction

Libby Porter

  1. "Resistance is never wasted": Reflections on Friedmann and hope
  2. Libby Porter

  3. Territoriality: Which way now?
  4. Bishwapriya Sanyal

  5. The difficulties of employing utopian thinking in planning practice: Lessons from the Just Jerusalem Project
  6. Diane E. Davis

  7. Realizing sustainable development goals: The prescience of John Friedmann
  8. Shiv Someshwar

  9. How to prepare planners in the Bologna European education context: Adapting Friedmann’s planning theories to practical pedagogy
  10. Adolfo Cazorla, Ignacio de los Ríos, José M. Díaz-Puente

    Theme 2: Economic Development and Regionalism

    Theme introduction

    Haripriya Rangan

  11. City-regions, urban fields, and urban frontiers: Friedmann’s legacy
  12. Robin Bloch

  13. Periphery, borders and regional development
  14. Chung-Tong Wu

  15. The bioregionalization of survival: Sustainability science and rooted community
  16. Keith Pezzoli

  17. Are social enterprises a radical planning challenge to neoliberal economic development?
  18. Haripriya Rangan

  19. Business in the public domain: The rise of social enterprises and implications for economic development planning
  20. Yuko Aoyama

    Theme 3: World Cities and the Good City: Contradictions and Possibilities

    Theme introduction

    Haripriya Rangan

  21. The urban, the periurban and the urban superorganism
  22. Michael Leaf

  23. The prospect of suburbs: Rethinking the urban field on a planet of cities
  24. Roger Keil

  25. Room for the Good Society? Public space, amenities and the condominium
  26. Ute Lehrer

  27. The escalating privatization of urban space meets John Friedmann’s post-urban landscape
  28. Saskia Sassen

  29. Urban entrepreneurship through transactive planning: The making of Waterfront Toronto
  30. Matti Siemiatycki

  31. From good city to progressive city: Reclaiming the urban future in Asia
  32. Mike Douglass

  33. Transactive planning and the "found space" of Mumbai Port Lands
  34. Hemalata C. Dandekar

    Theme 4: Social Learning, Communities, and Empowered Citizenship

    Theme introduction

    Jacquelyn Chase

  35. Development in Indian country: Empowerment, life Space, and transformative Planning
  36. Michael Hibbard

  37. Operationalizing social learning through empowerment evaluation
  38. Claudia B. Isaac

  39. The 'radical' practice of teaching, learning, and doing in the informal settlement of Langrug, South Africa
  40. Tanja Winkler

  41. Fire, ownership, citizenship and community
  42. Jacquelyn Chase

  43. Meeting the Other: A personal account of my struggle with John Friedmann to enact the radical practice of dialogic inquiry and love in the new millennium
  44. Aftab Erfan

    Theme 5: Chinese Urbanism

    Theme introduction

    Mee Kam Ng

  45. Ignoring the ramparts: John Friedmann’s dialogue with Chinese urbanism and Chinese studies
  46. Timothy Cheek

  47. Challenges of strategic planning in another planning culture: Learning from working in a Chinese city
  48. Klaus R. Kunzmann

  49. Social learning in creative Shanghai
  50. Sheng Zhong

  51. From Xinhai Revolution (1911) to the Umbrella Movement (2014): Insurgent citizenship, radical planning and Chinese culture in the Hong Kong SAR

Mee Kam Ng


John Friedmann

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Haripriya Rangan works for the Australia India Institute, and is affiliated with the School of Geography, The University of Melbourne, Australia. Trained as an architect and planner, she studied with John Friedmann at UCLA, and has pursued a research and teaching career in geography in India, USA, Australia and South Africa.

Mee Kam Ng is Vice-Chairman of the Department of Geography and Resource Management, Director of the Urban Studies Programme and Associate Director of the Institute of Future Cities at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is a member of RTPI, a fellow of HKIP and academic advisor of HKIUD.

Jacquelyn Chase is a professor in the Geography and Planning Department at California State University, Chico. She has published articles on urbanization of agricultural regions, rural labor markets, gender, and fertility in Brazil and on county planning in California. She is the editor of the volume Spaces of Neoliberalism (Kumarian).

Libby Porter is a scholar in planning and urban geography. Her work focuses on the role that planning and urban development play in dispossession and displacement. She is author of Unlearning the Colonial Cultures of Planning (Ashgate 2010) and with Janice Barry of Planning for Coexistence? (Routledge 2016).