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List of figures Acknowledgements Notes on contributors Chapter 1. Elusive promises: Planning in the Contemporary World Simone Abram and Gisa Weszkalnys Chapter 2. Utopian Time and Contemporary Time: Temporal Dimensions of Planning and Reform in the Norwegian Welfare State Halvard Vike Chapter 3. Hypercomplexity in collective planning: a case of railway design Asa Boholm Chapter 4. The Invaded City: Structuring an Urban Landscape on the Margins of the Possible (Peru's Southern Highlands) Sarah Lund Chapter 5. Tenure Reformed? State, society and the landless in South Africa Deborah James Chapter 6. Redeeming the Promise of Inclusion in the Neoliberal City: Grassroots Contention in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil John Gledhill Chapter 7. Even Governmentality Begins as an Image: Institutional Planning in Kuala Lumpur Richard Baxstrom Chapter 8. Making a River of Gold: Speculative State Promises and Personal Promises in the Post-Liberalisation Governance of the Hooghly Laura Bear Bibliography Index

About the Author

Simone Abram is Reader at both Durham University and Leeds Met University, and has worked in interdisciplinary planning departments at Sheffield and Cardiff Universities. Her publications include Culture and Planning (Ashgate, 2011), Rationalities of Planning (with Jonathan Murdoch, Ashgate, 2002), and Anthropological Perspectives on Local Development (co-edited with Jacqueline Waldren, Routledge, 1998). Gisa Weszkalnys is Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics. Her book, Berlin, Alexanderplatz: Transforming Place in a Unified Germany (Berghahn Books, 2010) tackles the intricate politics of place in contemporary Berlin. She is currently working on a manuscript focusing on the temporality and materiality of oil exploitation, specifically in West Africa.


"This is a much needed contribution by anthropologists to a sustained and broad treatment of planning as a socio-cultural process, utilizing multiple case studies from multiple perspectives and theoretical frames. Some very insightful analyses can be found in the chapters, particularly regarding the vast differences between places and people around the world, and their efforts to organize reality through what would commonly, but perhaps inaccurately, be subsumed under the term 'planning.'" * Juris Milestone, Temple University

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