The changing discourse of city plans: Rationalities of planning in Perth, 1955-2010
MetadataShow full item record
Plans are among the most durable products of planning, and as such offer a revealing window into the worlds of the planners of their time. In this paper we set out a methodology for viewing those worlds using critical discourse analysis (CDA). This method focuses on four key textural features of plans: construal of substance, construction of agency, generic structure, and presentation. Together they enable the investigator to go beyond thematic discourses and uncover the institutional, political and ideological role of planning during the time period in which plans are produced. We use this method to interrogate the changing rationalities governing planning in Western Australia (WA) since the Second World War by analysing the four major city plans for Perth, covering a period from 1955 to 2010. This longitudinal analysis suggests that planning in WA mirrors concurrent trends in international planning theory, and highlights the significance of "the plan" as an object of inquiry for revealing the changing nature of planning and planners over time.
This is an electronic version of an article published in MacCallum, Diana and Hopkins, Diane. 2011. The changing discourse of city plans: Rationalities of planning in Perth, 1955-2010. Planning Theory and Practice. 12 (4): pp. 485-510. is available online at: www.tandfonline.com
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Transforming the culture of teaching and learning in science: the promise of moral dilemma stories: an interpretive case studySettelmaier, Elisabeth (2003)It has become a habit of our time to lament about the state of the world and simultaneously profess that there is not really anything we, as individuals, can do about it because there is just too much that needs fixing. ...
The realities of participation in planning in Bangladesh : the role of institutional and socio-political factors in shaping participatory planning in developing countriesSwapan, Mohammad Shahidul Hasan (2013)Despite similar rhetoric and stated policies, there are major differences found in planning and management of cities in developed and developing countries. These differences are most evident in the degree of involvement ...
MacCallum, Susan Diana (2006)The once dominant view of planning as the discovery of an objective 'public good' has been challenged over the last several decades. Radical uncertainty, social diversity, technological change and popular mistrust of ...