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The power of pragmatismKnowledge production and social inquiry$
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Jane Wills and Robert Lake

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526134943

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526134950

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Pragmatism and contemporary planning theory: Going beyond a communicative approach

Pragmatism and contemporary planning theory: Going beyond a communicative approach

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(p.228) 12 Pragmatism and contemporary planning theory: Going beyond a communicative approach
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The power of pragmatism
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Ihnji Jon

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526134950.00021

This chapter makes the case for pragmatist philosophy in planning theory and practice. I argue that pragmatism can help us to understand trends in contemporary planning theory, as well as develop a more promising future direction. The chapter introduces the two major branches of contemporary planning theory: (1) communicative planning and (2) radical planning. I explore how pragmatic planning can go beyond some of the limits of communicative approaches while also embracing the insights of radical planning. Emphasising early pragmatists’ emphasis on lived experience and the importance of pluralism, the chapter argues that pragmatism can connect different ideas in contemporary planning theory with great potential for practice, improving outcomes for publics.

Keywords:   pragmatism, communicative planning, radical planning, pluralism, lived experience, agonistic conflict

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