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Thinking through non-representational and affective atmospheres in planning theory and practice

Buser, Michael

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Abstract

This article engages with recent debates surrounding non-representational theory and the affective turn in the social sciences, arguing that such thinking offers a particularly useful set of concepts for the discipline of planning. This includes a widened notion of agency to the inclusion of more-than-human bodies (i.e. material agency) and a focus on daily practice and the embodied experience of place. Calling upon the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, the author puts forward affective atmospheres as a post-humanist way of studying socio-spatial processes associated with place identity and the spatial imaginaries that animate planning activity. Recognising the co-constitutive nature of research and social worlds, the article offers a performative methodology that situates researchers directly within the material and discursive environments they seek to investigate. © The Author(s) 2013.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Planning Theory
Print ISSN 1473-0952
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 3
Pages 227-243
APA6 Citation Buser, M. (2014). Thinking through non-representational and affective atmospheres in planning theory and practice. Planning Theory, 13(3), 227-243. https://doi.org/10.1177/1473095213491744
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1473095213491744
Keywords planning theory and practice, Deleuze
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1473095213491744
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