Supporting mindful planners in a mindless system: Limitations to the emotional turn in planning practice

Osborne, Natalie & Grant-Smith, Deanna (2015) Supporting mindful planners in a mindless system: Limitations to the emotional turn in planning practice. Town Planning Review, 86(6), pp. 677-698.

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Despite widespread acknowledgment within planning scholarship that emotion – both present in knowledge and a form of knowledge – is integral to lived experience and the judgement of planners, it is often sidelined within planning practice. The extent to which mainstream planning has been able or willing to accommodate emotions remains constrained and the emotions of planners and the public remain an unacknowledged but pervasive presence. Antonio Ferreira recently highlighted in this journal the importance of attending to emotions at the level of the individual planner through the concept of mindfulness. We argue this approach must be complemented by an acknowledgement of the structural and institutional limitations of including emotions in planning practice. Drawing from the emotional geographies literature to describe a social-spatial conceptualisation of emotion, we highlight ontological and practical tensions associated with the achievement of the ‘emotional turn’ and advance a more purposeful engagement with emotion in mainstream planning practice.

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ID Code: 91162
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Emotion, Emotional Geographies, Planning, Policymaking, Ontologies
DOI: 10.3828/tpr.2015.39
ISSN: 1478-341X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Liverpool University Press
Deposited On: 11 Dec 2015 00:47
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2016 01:16

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