Elusive promises : planning in the contemporary world


    • Abram, Simone
    • Weszkalnys, Gisa


Elusive promises : planning in the contemporary world

edited by Simone Abram, Gisa Weszkalnys

(Dislocations, v. 11)

Berghahn, 2016

  • : pbk

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Includes bibliographical references and index

"First paperback edition published in 2016" -- T.p. verso



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.


List of figures Acknowledgements Notes on contributors Chapter 1. Elusive promises: Planning in the Contemporary World Simone Abram and Gisa Weszkalnys Chapter 2. Utopian Time and Contemporary Time: Temporal Dimensions of Planning and Reform in the Norwegian Welfare State Halvard Vike Chapter 3. Hypercomplexity in collective planning: a case of railway design Asa Boholm Chapter 4. The Invaded City: Structuring an Urban Landscape on the Margins of the Possible (Peru's Southern Highlands) Sarah Lund Chapter 5. Tenure Reformed? State, society and the landless in South Africa Deborah James Chapter 6. Redeeming the Promise of Inclusion in the Neoliberal City: Grassroots Contention in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil John Gledhill Chapter 7. Even Governmentality Begins as an Image: Institutional Planning in Kuala Lumpur Richard Baxstrom Chapter 8. Making a River of Gold: Speculative State Promises and Personal Promises in the Post-Liberalisation Governance of the Hooghly Laura Bear Bibliography Index

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    • 9781785332135
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    New York
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    vii, 187 p.
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