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By John Friedmann

For almost fifty years John Friedmann's writings haven't simply led the tutorial research of the self-discipline, yet have given form and path to the making plans career itself. masking transactive making plans, radical making plans, the concept that of the nice urban, civil society, rethinking poverty and the range of making plans cultures, this number of Friedmann's most vital and influential essays tells a coherent and compelling tale approximately how the evolution of considering making plans over numerous many years has helped to form its perform. With every one essay given a brand new advent to set up its context and significance, this is often a fantastic textual content for the research of making plans thought and heritage.

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What organizational forms are required so that objective, a-historical, and abstract knowledge may be employed in controlling historical events? Two such related forms may be identified: 1. 10 Beyond this simple division, labor may be further divided along professional lines, each profession developing an esoteric terminology, enabling it to stake out a monopoly over a restricted area of knowledge. 2. The social division of labor: thinkers are elevated above doers and have the power of command.

And Friedmann, J. (eds) (1998) Cities for Citizens: Planning and the rise of civil society, New York: John Wiley & Sons. Douglass, M. et al (eds) (2002) ‘Globalization and civic space in Pacific Asia’, special issue of Third World Planning Review, 24:3. Douglass, M. et al (eds) (2007) Globalization, the City and the Rise of Civil Society: The social production of civic spaces in Pacific Asia, London: Routledge. Edwards, M. and Hulm, D. (eds) (1996) Beyond the Magic Bullet: NGO performance and accountability in the post-cold-war world, West Hartford, CT: Kumarian Press.

He comes equipped to bring order into a seemingly chaotic universe of data and sense impressions, to reduce this to a structure of relative simplicity, to isolate the processes responsible for the emergence and maintenance of the structure, to probe its propensities for change, and to locate the points of potentially effective intervention. Regardless of his specific procedure, the planner makes substantial use of analytical techniques in his work. The greater his virtuosity in this regard, the greater his pride in the results obtained.

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