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Elusive promises : planning in the contemporary world / edited by Simone Abram, Gisa Weszkalnys
New York : Berghahn, 2013
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 3rd Floor  HT166 .E467 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) City planning
Urbanization
Physical Description vii, 187 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Summary "Planning in contemporary democratic states is often understood as a range of activities, from housing to urban design, regional development to economic planning. This volume sees planning differently--as the negotiation of possibilities that time offers space. It explores what kind of promise planning offers, how such a promise is made, and what happens to it through time. The authors, all leading anthropologists, examine the time and space, creativity and agency, authority and responsibility, and conflicting desires that plans attempt to control. They show how the many people involved with planning deal with the discrepancies between what is promised and what is done. The comparative essays offer insight into the expected and unexpected outcomes of planning (from visionary utopias to bureaucratic dystopia or something in-between), how the future is envisioned at the outset, and what actual work is done and how it affects people's lives."--Publisher's website
Contents Elusive promises: planning in the contemporary world / Simone Abram and Gisa Weszkalnys -- Utopian time and contemporary time: temporal dimensions of planning and reform in the Norwegian welfare state / Halvard Vike -- From within a community of planners: hypercomplexity in railway design work / ├ůsa Boholm -- Invaded city: structuring an urban landscape on the margins of the possible (Peru's Southern Highlands) / Sarah Lund -- Tenure reformed: planning for redress or progress in South Africa / Deborah James -- Redeeming the promise of inclusion in the neoliberal city: grassroots contention in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil / John Gledhill -- Even governmentality begins as an image: institutional planning in Kuala Lumpur / Richard Baxstrom -- Making a river of gold: speculative state planning, informality and neo-liberal governance on the Hooghly / Laura Bear
Series Dislocations ; vol. 11
Dislocations ; v. 11
Alternate Author Abram, Simone
Weszkalnys, Gisa

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