Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781447315179 Published June 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447315162 Published February 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Community Action and Planning

Contexts, Drivers and Outcomes

Edited by Nick Gallent and Daniela Ciaffi

Community Action and Planning

Edited by Nick Gallent and Daniela Ciaffi

Distributed for Bristol University Press

304 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781447315179 Published June 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447315162 Published February 2015 For sale in North and South America only
With trust in top-down government faltering, community-based groups around the world are displaying an ever greater desire to take control of their own lives and neighborhoods. Government, for its part, is keen to embrace the projects and planning undertaken at this level, attempting to regularize it as a means of reconnecting to citizens and localizing democracy.

This unique book analyzes the contexts, drivers, and outcomes of community action and planning in a selection of case studies in the Global North: from emergent neighborhood planning in England to the community-based housing movement in New York, and from active citizenship in the Dutch “new towns” to associative action in Marseille. It will be a valuable resource for academic researchers and students of social policy, planning, and community development.

Part 1: Framing Community-Based Planning

Communities, Community Action and Planning

   ~ Nick Gallent & Daniela Ciaffi

Communities, Networks and Social Capital

   ~ Yvonne Rydin

Time, Belonging and Development: A Challenge for Participation and Research

   ~ Peter Matthews

Part 2: Contexts and Drivers for Community Action

From Residents to Citizens: the Emergence of Neighbourhood Movements in Spain

   ~ Gemma Vilà

Community Action in Australian Farming and Fishing Communities

   ~ Sue Kilpatrick, Karen Willis and Sophie Lewis

Associative Action in Urban Planning: Cases Studies from Marseille, France

   ~ Maha Messaoudène, Daniel Pinson & Mustapha Berra

Communities, land-ownership, housing and planning: reflections from the Scottish experience

   ~ Madhu Satsangi

Part 3: Planning at the Community Scale

The Fourth Way of Active Citizenship: Case Studies from the Netherlands

   ~ Ton van der Pennen & Hanneke Schreuders

Small-town Comprehensive Planning in California: Medial pathways to community-based participation

   ~ Hemalata Dandekar and Kelly Main

Engaging neighbourhoods: experiences of transactive planning with communities in England

   ~ Gavin Parker

Active communities of interest and the political process in Italy

   ~ Daniela Ciaffi

New York City’s community-based housing movement: Achievements and prospects

   ~ Laura Wolf-Powers

Community-Based Planning in Freiburg, Germany: The Case of Vauban

   ~ Iqbal Hamiduddin and Wulf Daseking

Part 4: Scales, Influence and Integration

The Scaling of Planning: Administrative Levels and Neighbourhood Mobilization as Obstacles to Planning Consensus

   ~ Pierre Filion

Flexible Local Planning: Linking Community Initiative with Municipal Planning in Volda, Norway

   ~ Jørgen Amdam

Connecting to the Citizenry: Support Groups in Community Planning in England

   ~ Nick Gallent

Reflections on Community Action and Planning

   ~ Daniela Ciaffi & Nick Gallent

Review Quotes
Town Planning Review
“Should be regarded as a welcome addition on the reading lists of students and researchers who are interested in learning about planning activism and community organizing.”
Journal of Planning Education and Research
“In this edited volume, Gallent and Ciaffi compile a set of chapters that accurately depict the complex and contradictory nature of community action and planning. . .The level of detail, diverse contexts, and inherent contradictions illustrate community action and planning in a manner that will likely resonate with the active and experienced planning scholar.”
Judith E. Innes | professor emerita, University of California, Berkeley
“A valuable contribution to our understanding of community action and public participation in planning that pushes boundaries in its reframing of participation as an integral part of planning and governance. Compelling reading for scholars, educators, and reflective practitioners.”
Marco Cremaschi | University Roma Tre, Italy
“A rich view, neither benevolent nor romantic, of actual communities in different parts of the world struggling to take control of their lives and homes, and a close investigation of their torn connections to the planning system.”
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