Critical Theory, Public Policy, and Planning Practice

Critical Theory, Public Policy, and Planning Practice

by John Forester



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791414453
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/01/1993
Series: SUNY Series in Political Theory: Contemporary Issues Series
Pages: 230

About the Author

John Forester is Professor of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. His current research focuses on first-person voice and ethnographic accounts of practical and political judgment. Among his other books are Planning in the Face of Power and the edited volume Critical Theory and Public Life.

Table of Contents


1. Toward A Critical Pragmatism: The Contemporary Relevance, Promises, and Problems of Critical Theory

2. Understanding Planning Practice: An Empirical, Practical, and Normative Account

3. The Micropolitics of Planning and Policy Practices: Questioning and Organizing Attention

4. Practical Rationality: From Bounded Rationality to the Critique of Ideology in Practice

5. The Geography of Practice and the Terrain of Resistance

6. Challenges of Organization and Mobilization: Examples from Community-Labor Coalitions

7. Toward a Critical Sociology of Public Policy: Probing Policy-shaped Contra-Dictions in the Communicative Infrastructure of Society




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