Planning in Turbulent Times: Exploring Planners' Agency in Jerusalem

Rokem, Jonathan, Allegra, M. (2016) Planning in Turbulent Times: Exploring Planners' Agency in Jerusalem. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 40 (3). pp. 640-657. ISSN 0309-1317. (doi:10.1111/1468-2427.12379)

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Abstract

This article explores the role of planning in the deeply divided and politically polarized context of Jerusalem. The overall argument developed throughout the article is that the relation between planning and politics is a non-hierarchical set of interactions, negotiated within specific historical, geographical, legal and cultural contexts in other words, orders don't come down from the politicians to be slavishly followed by planners. In this respect our findings, based on in-depth interviews with Israeli planners, suggest that the case of Jerusalem represents a particularly dramatic illustration of the fact that the function of planning expertise can only be understood in relation to the surrounding socio-political environment. Furthermore, contrary to conventional wisdom, planners in Jerusalem are not destined to either complicity or irrelevance in the face of political imperatives; planners' agency, however, does not simply reflect their mastery of specific professional knowledge and tools, but also their ability to act strategically in relation to the context in which they operate. © 2016 Urban Research Publications Limited

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/1468-2427.12379
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: LA - English [Field not mapped to EPrints] J2 - Int. J. Urban Reg. Res. [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Avenida Professor Aníbal Bettencourt 9, Lisbon, 1600-189, Portugal [Field not mapped to EPrints] DB - Scopus [Field not mapped to EPrints] M3 - Article [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: contested cities, Jerusalem, Planning conflicts, urban geopolitics, geopolitics, urban planning, urban politics,
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Human Ecology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Jonathan Rock Rokem
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2019 22:10 UTC
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 08:51 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/72046 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Rokem, Jonathan: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1595-5040
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