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Them and us: in the context of change
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Dom och oss : i samband med förändring (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This master’s thesis presents a study which proposes that debate and conflict in any planning process highlight a separation between actors and their interests. This is examined through the concept of them/us. Existing theory of urban and regional planning describes a recurrent misunderstanding in planning practice where debate and conflict are interpreted as destructive. Through governing, actors with power have a tendency to suggest that all involved actors should reach a consensus in order to overcome expressed differences. However, this kind of governing does not encourage dissent and therefore leads to unfair planning processes. The aim of the study is to develop an understanding of them/us and to study how the acknowledgement of this concept can contribute to planning processes by addressing the following research question; How can the concept of them/us contribute to the planning process? The interdisciplinary study is conducted with support from a literature review and a case study, and the conclusion highlights that them/us contribute to the planning process by acknowledging the richness of diversity.

Abstract [sv]

Detta examensarbete presenterar en studie som föreslår att debatt och konflikt i planeringsprocessen belyser en separation mellan aktörer och deras intressen. Detta studeras genom konceptet dom/oss. Befintlig teori om samhällsplanering beskriver ett återkommande missförstånd i planeringspraktiken där debatt och konflikt tolkas som destruktivt. Genom styrning tenderar aktörer med makt föreslå att samtliga berörda aktörer ska nå samförstånd i syfte att övervinna uttryckta skillnader. Denna form av styrning uppmuntrar dock inte oliktänkande och leder därmed till orättvisa planeringsprocesser. Syftet med studien är att utveckla en förståelse för dom/oss samt att studera hur erkännandet av detta koncept kan bidra till planeringsprocessen genom att undersöka följande frågeställning; Hur kan konceptet dom/oss bidra till planeringsprocessen? Den tvärvetenskapliga studien genomförs med stöd från en litteraturstudie och en fallstudie, och slutsatsen belyser att dom/oss bidrar till planeringsprocessen genom att erkänna mångfaldens rikedom.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 47 p.
Series
SoM EX, 2013-24
Keyword [en]
Change, Debate, Conflict, Planning process, Physical environment, Separation, Decision making, Governance, Consensus, Dissensus
Keyword [sv]
Förändring, Debatt, Konflikt, Planeringsprocess, Fysisk miljö, Separation, Beslutsfattande, Styrning, Konsensus, Dissensus
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-125814OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-125814DiVA: diva2:640561
Subject / course
Regional Planning
Educational program
Degree of Master - Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
Presentation
2013-06-14, KTH, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Samhällsplanering och Miljö, Drottning Kristinas väg 30, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Urban Form and Social Behavior
Available from: 2013-10-14 Created: 2013-08-13 Last updated: 2013-10-14Bibliographically approved

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