Making the Invisible Visible A Multicultural Planning History

ISBN-10: 0520207351
ISBN-13: 9780520207356
Edition: 1998
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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/8/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

The history of planning is much more, according to these authors, than the recorded progress of planning as a discipline and a profession. These essays counter the mainstream narrative of rational, scientific development with alternative histories that reveal hitherto invisible planning practices and agendas. While the official story of planning celebrates the state and its traditions of city building and regional development, these stories focus on previously unacknowledged actors and the noir side of planning. Through a variety of critical lenses--feminist, postmodern, and postcolonial--the essays examine a broad range of histories relevant to the preservation and planning professions. Some contributors uncover indigenous planning traditions that have been erased from the record: African American and Native American traditions, for example. Other contributors explore new themes: themes of gendered spaces and racist practices, of planning as an ordering tool, a kind of spatial police, of "bodies, cities, and social order" (influenced by Foucault, Lefebvre, and others), and of resistance. This scrutiny of the class, race, gender, ethnic, or ideological biases of ideas and practices inherent in the notion of planning as a modernist social technology clearly points to the inadequacy of modernist planning histories.Making the Invisible Visibleredefines planning as the regulation of the physicality, sociality, and spatiality of the city. Its histories provide the foundation of a new, alternative planning paradigm for the multicultural cities of the future.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Framing Insurgent Historiographies for Planning
Spaces of Insurgent Citizenship
Feminist and Multicultural Perspectives on Preservation Planning
Regional Blocs, Regional Planning, and the Blues Epistemology in the Lower Mississippi Delta
Indigenous Planning: Clans, Intertribal Confederations, and the History of the All Indian Pueblo Council
Remember, Stonewall Was a Riot: Understanding Gay and Lesbian Experience in the City
Knowing Different Cities: Reflections on Recent European Writings on Cities and Planning History
City Planning for Girls: Exploring the Ambiguous Nature of Women's Planning History
Tropics of Planning Discourse: Stalking the "Constructive Imaginary" of Selected Urban Planning Histories
Subversive Histories: Texts from South Africa
Racial Inequality and Empowerment: Necessary Theoretical Constructs for Understanding U.S. Planning History
Afraid/Not: Psychoanalytic Directions for an Insurgent Planning Historiography
The Poem of Male Desires: Female Bodies, Modernity, and "Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century"
Contributors
Index

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