UCL Discovery
UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Negotiating polyvocal strategies: Re-reading de Certeau through the lens of urban planning in South Africa

Andres, L; Jones, P; Denoon-Stevens, SP; Lorena, M; (2019) Negotiating polyvocal strategies: Re-reading de Certeau through the lens of urban planning in South Africa. Urban Studies 10.1177/0042098019875423. (In press). Green open access

[thumbnail of Negotiating polyvocal strategies.pdf]
Preview
Text
Negotiating polyvocal strategies.pdf - Accepted Version

Download (300kB) | Preview

Abstract

The Practice of Everyday Life (de Certeau M (1984) The Practice of Everyday Life. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press) has become a canonical text in urban studies, with de Certeau’s idea of tactics having been widely deployed to understand and theorise the everyday. Tactics of resistance were contrasted with the strategies of the powerful, but the ways in which these strategies are operationalised were left ambiguous by de Certeau and have remained undertheorised since. We address this lacuna through an examination of the planning profession in South Africa as a lieu propre– a strategic territory with considerable power to shape urban environments. Based on a large interview data set examining practitioner attitudes toward the state of the profession in South Africa, this paper argues that the strategies of the powerful are themselves subject to negotiation. We trace connections with de Certeau’s earlier work to critique the idea that strategies are univocal. We do this by examining how the interests of different powerful actors can come into conflict, using the planning profession as an exemplar of how opposing strategies must be mediated in order to secure changes in society.

Type: Article
Title: Negotiating polyvocal strategies: Re-reading de Certeau through the lens of urban planning in South Africa
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0042098019875423
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0042098019875423
Language: English
Additional information: © 2020 by Urban Studies Journal Limited. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: De Certeau, planning, policy, strategies, theory
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10098846
Downloads since deposit
43Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item