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Urban planning in theory and practice: a reappraisal


  • A J Scott
  • S T Roweis


In this paper an attempt is made to discover the sociohistorical meaning, rationality, and limits of urban planning. The paper falls into five major sections. First, some rudimentary criteria are suggested as a basis for identifying the principal tasks of a theory of planning. Second, an attempt is made to situate contemporary urbanization processes within the capitalist mode of production. Third, planning itself is then situated within and derived out of the historical dynamic of capitalist urbanization. Fourth, conventional urban planning theory is criticized. Fifth, some questions of urban policy and political practice are discussed.

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  • A J Scott & S T Roweis, 1977. "Urban planning in theory and practice: a reappraisal," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 9(10), pages 1097-1119, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:9:y:1977:i:10:p:1097-1119

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