Citizen Planners: From Self-Help to Political Transformation

Victoria A. Beard

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195374995
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Citizen Planners: From Self-Help to Political Transformation

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This article describes the activity of citizen planners based on examples ranging from participation in self-help efforts to the more politicized struggles for broad social and political transformation. It reviews the contributions from research on collective action and social movements as a foundation for understanding the breadth of the activities undertaken by citizen planners. The article provides examples of three distinct modes of planning commonly practiced by citizen planners: community-based, covert, and radical.

Keywords: citizen planners; self-help efforts; political transformation; collective action; social movements; community-based planning; covert planning; radical planning

Article.  7043 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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