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Towards an extended symmetry: using ANT to reflect on the theory and practice gap

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There seems to be a widening gap between planning as it is actually practiced and the kind of concerns, values and processes which planning theorists might hope would be driving the profession. Theorists have not caused this, but it nevertheless raises questions about whether the expected roles, identities and narratives accorded to research are consistent with those most likely to bear down on practice. This chapter draws on tools from ANT to explore processes of subject formation within planning research and how these are governed. It raises critical questions about how planning as a discipline anticipates its users and its social value.

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Author(s): Webb David

Editor(s): Rydin, Yvonne Tate, Laura

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Actor Networks of Planning: Exploring the Influence of Actor Network Theory

Year: 2016

Pages: 217-230

Print publication date: 01/03/2016

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Publisher: Taylor and Francis

Place Published: Oxon


Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781138886407