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As public issues stretch out to affect an ever expanding population, democratizing planning and governance becomes increasingly important. How localized communities embrace the progressive qualities of civil society is a critical topic in an era where diverse and divergent forces often counteract civil society formation and community initiatives. This collection explores the theoretical underpinnings of democratic planning and governance in relation to civil society formation and social learning. The contributors to this volume use multiple lenses to uncover the challenges of democratizing planning and governance, helping to create a better understanding of how civil societies learn from their experiences, and how these lessons might be applied in other contexts. Learning Civil Societies provides insights for developing a critical methodology for studying civil societies and their formations and suggests that new organizational mechanisms within and outside civil societies must be created if more democratic forms of planning and governance are to emerge, be revitalized, and become institutionalized in the coming decades.
Penny Gurstein is a professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning and the Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of British Columbia. Leonora Angeles is an associate professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning and the Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of British Columbia
AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Learning Civil Societies for Democratic Planning and Governance LEONORA ANGELES and PENNY GURSTEINPart 1. Planning, Citizenship, and Civic Engagement in a Postmodern World Postcolonialism and Planning: Where Has It Been? Where Is It Going? ANTHONY D. KING Localities and Cultural Citizenship: Narratives of Racialized Girls Living In, Through, and Against Whiteness JO-ANNE JEE Creating Digital Public Space: Implications for Deliberative Engagement PENNY GURSTEIN Rationality and Surprise: The Drama of Mediation in Rebuilding Civil Society JOHN FORESTERPart 2. Civil Society Learning for Democratic Governance Social Movements, Civil Society, and Learning in a World at Risk BUDD L. HALL Learning and Teaching for Transformation: Insights from a Collaborative Learning Initiative PETER TAYLOR, JETHRO PETTIT, and LUCY STACKPOOL-MOORE The Myth of Community? Implications for Civil Society Organizations and Democratic Governance IRENE GUIJT Renegotiating Decentralization and State--Civil Society Relations: A Reinterpretation of Naga City's Experiment in Participatory Governance LEONORA ANGELESContributors
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