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Introducing Thinkers For Planners – A Narrative And Conversation

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Abstract

Why should planning scholars and professionals read Lacan? Lacan’s theory offers an insight into the process of how ideology shapes social reality (Glynos, 2001), and provides scholars in other fields with a cautionary portrait of thinking-as-it-happens (Bowie, 1988). The central issue of Lacan’s theory is ‘a focus on belief, knowledge and desire’ (Gunder and Hillier, 2009, p. 12). Lacan’s thoughts are widely applied to the fields outside of psychoanalysis, particularly in political, social and cultural enquires, with the further interpretations from Lacanian followers. Lacan’s innovation on symbolic subjectivity has more contributions to social theory than to its origin - psychoanalysis (Dean, 2000, p.2), and is further employed in the analysis of complex social relationship in planning, environment and geography (Swyngedouw, 2011, 2010). Since ‘planning is a form of social action, or a social practice…intervening in the world to protect or change’ (Taylor, 1998, p. 167), Lacan’s theory can help planners to have a better understanding of both individual and societal desires for urban futures and to analyse the complex social bonds behind planning policy and practice.

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2019-06-01

Keywords:

Planning, Lacan, Planning Theory, Language, Lacanian Theory