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A Consideration of Some of the Sociological Mechanisms Shaping the Adoption of Participatory Planning in Barbados

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jonathan Pugh


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The argument presented in this chapter is concerned with the question ‘why is participatory planning being undertaken at the national level in Barbados’? Thus, the chapter is less concerned with how it works in practice, although this is also considered, instead focusing more upon why participatory planning is being adopted in the fi rst place. The focus of the chapter is the National Commission for Sustainable Development (NCSD) of Barbados, which was initiated in 1997. The main goal of the 70 NCSDs that have been adopted worldwide is to facilitate dialogue between different interest groups. These are then supposed to make government policy more in tune with sustainable development. In particular, this chapter explores two potential sociological processes that are shaping the adoption of this approach to planning: the role of symbolic power and the fabrication of conscience.

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Author(s): Pugh J

Editor(s): Pugh J; Potter

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Participatory Planning in the Caribbean

Year: 2003

Pages: 118-137

Publisher: Ashgate

Place Published: Aldershot

Notes: The first paper to relate the influential work of Piere Bourdieu and Judith Butler - on 'symbolic power' and 'conscience' - to Caribbean power relations (Caribbean planning in particular)

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ISBN: 0754635082