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Political Economy, Diversity and Pragmatism Critical Essays in Planning Theory: Volume 2

Edited By Jean Hillier, Patsy Healey Copyright 2008

    Planning Theory has a history of common debates about ideas and practices and is rooted in a critical concern for the 'improvement' of human and environmental well-being, particularly as pursued through interventions which seek to shape environmental conditions and place qualities. The second volume in this series covers in detail critical political economy, the turn to diversity and critical pragmatism. It provides an authoritative collection, in an accessible form, of the most important and influential articles and papers along with a detailed introduction by the editors. It offers a unique reference resource for planning scholars, upper-level undergraduate and post-graduate students.

    Contents: Introduction; Part I Critical Political Economy: Introduction; Urban planning in theory and practice: a reappraisal, A.J. Scott and S.T. Roweis; The thesis of capitalist underdevelopment, André Gunder Frank; New debates in urban planning: the impact of Marxist theory in the United States, Norman I. Fainstein and Susan S. Fainstein; On planning the ideology of planning, David Harvey; In search of a spatial order, Christine M. Boyer; The kind of problem a city is, Jane Jacobs; Dilemmas of equity planning: a personal memoir, Norman Krumholz; The recovery of territorial life, John Friedmann and Clyde Weaver. Part II The Turn to Diversity: Introduction; Postmodernism and planning, M.J. Dear; Between modernity and postmodernity: the ambiguous position of US planning, R.A. Beauregard; Feminist theory and planning theory: the epistemological linkages, Leonie Sandercock and Ann Forsyth; Planning history and the black urban experience: linkages and contemporary implications, June Manning Thomas; Planning and social control: exploring the dark side, Oren Yiftachel; Planning, Peter Marris; Environmental ethics and the field of planning: alternative theories and middle-range principles, Timothy Beatley; The historical roots of ecological modernisation, Maarten A. Hajer. Part III Critical Pragmatism: Introduction; From technical rationality to reflection-in-action, Donald Schon; Understanding planning practice: an empirical, practical and normative account, John Forester; A classical liberal (libertarian) approach to planning theory, Thomas L. Harper and Stanley M. Stein; Pragmatic rationality and planning theory, Niraj Verma; A pragmatic inquiry about planning and power, Charles Hoch; Aristotle, Foucault and progressive phronesis: outline of an applied ethics for sustainable development, Bent Flyvbjerg; Name index.


    Jean Hillier is Associate Dean and Chair of Sustainability and Urban Planning at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and Patsy Healey is Emeritus Professor at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.