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Planning diffusion: Agents, mechanisms, networks and theories


This chapter shows planning historians initially focused on the earlier and most intense flows of planning and related urban knowledge within Western Europe and, increasingly, the United States. Planning historians have emphasized reformist and technical milieus—essentially network organizations for particular professional, pressure, or interest groups—as agents circulating planning knowledge. The chapter considers how the movement of ideas and practice actually occurred, examines its specific individual, network and governmental dimensions, as well as possible structural relationships to the contours of global power. Examining international movements of ideas and practices, especially those involving the colonial or postcolonial worlds, have referred to culturally constructed imaginative geographies of the places originating and receiving traveling theories which mutate in form and meaning on their journeys. Historical writing on flows of planning knowledge and practice has given much attention to the agents and mechanisms of knowledge mobility.--Provided by publisher.

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Ward, Stephen V.

Oxford Brookes departments

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment\School of the Built Environment\Planning


Year of publication: 2017
Date of RADAR deposit: 2018-01-25

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