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Robert A. Beauregard

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226297255

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226297422.001.0001

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Planning in an Obdurate World

Planning in an Obdurate World

(p.133) Seven Planning in an Obdurate World
Planning Matter

Robert A. Beauregard

University of Chicago Press

In this chapter I explore the way in which planners confront the obduracy of the material world; that is, its resistance. Two cases--one involving a redevelopment project in New York City and the other the building of Israeli settlements on land contested by the Palestinians--are used to illustrate the fraught relationship planners have with obduracy. Of particular interest is the extent to which such obduracy is embedded in the socio-materiality of the world and is thus more than just a matter of politics.

Keywords:   planning, obduracy, materiality, politics

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