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Conflicting rationalities: implications for planning theory and ethics

Conflicting rationalities: implications for planning theory and ethics The article argues that while certain recent planning theories have attempted to take account of social difference and multiculturalism, there is not yet sufficient recognition of just how deep difference can be, and how planners can frequently find themselves in situations characterized by conflicting rationalities. The article draws on a case of an attempted informal settlement upgrade in Cape Town, South Africa, to illustrate the gap between the notion of ‘proper citizens’ and ‘proper living environments’ espoused by the municipality, and the nature of the rationality guiding the actions of certain of the other parties involved. This understanding, it is suggested, has important implications for both planning theory and ethics. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Planning Theory & Practice Taylor & Francis

Conflicting rationalities: implications for planning theory and ethics

Planning Theory & Practice , Volume 4 (4): 13 – Dec 1, 2003
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1470-000X
eISSN
1464-9357
DOI
10.1080/1464935032000146318
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Abstract

The article argues that while certain recent planning theories have attempted to take account of social difference and multiculturalism, there is not yet sufficient recognition of just how deep difference can be, and how planners can frequently find themselves in situations characterized by conflicting rationalities. The article draws on a case of an attempted informal settlement upgrade in Cape Town, South Africa, to illustrate the gap between the notion of ‘proper citizens’ and ‘proper living environments’ espoused by the municipality, and the nature of the rationality guiding the actions of certain of the other parties involved. This understanding, it is suggested, has important implications for both planning theory and ethics.

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Planning Theory & PracticeTaylor & Francis

Published: Dec 1, 2003

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