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From mute to reflective: changing governmentality in St Petersburg and the priorities of Russian environmental planning


  • Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen


This paper analyses, by using a constructivist methodology, how sustainability is perceived by Russian urban and regional planners and how environmental planning is understood on a discursive level. The planning discourse, which was reconstructed primarily with the help of 14 thematic interviews undertaken in St Petersburg, is positioned on the axes of the triangle of planning contradictions. The analysis shows that the promoted planning paradigm - the interpretations about the priorities of environmental planning - stem from the expert-centred approach of the Soviet era, and poorly suits the changing governmentality of St Petersburg. Due to regime changes, a significant step from a mute to a reflective governmentality was taken in St Petersburg, but the professional planning discourse is in conflict with this context reality and prohibits a more sustainable planning standpoint from developing.

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  • Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen, 2010. "From mute to reflective: changing governmentality in St Petersburg and the priorities of Russian environmental planning," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 53(2), pages 241-256.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:53:y:2010:i:2:p:241-256
    DOI: 10.1080/09640560903529485

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