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A southern perspective: Northern and indigenous influences on the establishment of a hybrid culture of participatory planning, the story of Sacaba

Ledo, Paola (2021). A southern perspective: Northern and indigenous influences on the establishment of a hybrid culture of participatory planning, the story of Sacaba. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880
ISBN 978-91-7760-766-3
eISBN 978-91-7760-767-0
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Abstract

Citizen participation has been discussed as an essential feature for sustainability and democracy. Normative participatory approaches, like participatory planning, developed in the North, spread across the globe as ‘placeless’ generalizations. Embedded in the context of northern cities, normative participatory planning theories resulted in serious failures in the Global South. Planning scholars engaged with the Global South argue that the usefulness of these northern approaches is conditioned by contexts that do not fit southern cities. In critique of the eurocentrism, planning scholars discuss the need for more appropriate participatory planning theory, building on southern perspectives, absent from scientific traditions. This thesis contributes to the debate for more appropriate participatory planning by investigating Bolivia’s efforts to decolonize participatory planning through an indigenous-based participatory planning legislation. Findings from a case study of Sacaba municipality show that over time different participatory ideas were adapted and combined to create a particular form of participatory planning. Conflicting rationalities between local authorities, planners and citizens regarding the purpose and scope of participation shaped both invited and invented forms of participation. I argue for the need to consider ‘hybrid cultures of participation’ tailored to the specific contexts. I further propose three lessons from Sacaba’s implementation of the indigenous-based planning legislation: 1) the need to continuously update the understanding of the local context; 2) the risk of sustaining power imbalances within institutional frameworks; and 3) the importance of promoting continuous critical reflection between authorities, planners and population.

Authors/Creators:Ledo, Paola
Title:A southern perspective: Northern and indigenous influences on the establishment of a hybrid culture of participatory planning, the story of Sacaba
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2021
Number:2021:44
Number of Pages:113
Publisher:Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-7760-766-3
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-7760-767-0
ISSN:1652-6880
Language:English
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Article category:Other scientific
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Landscape Architecture
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 508 Media and Communications > Communication Studies
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 503 Educational Sciences > Learning
Keywords:hybrid cultures of participation, participatory planning, participation, hybrid planning cultures, informality, insurgency, conflicting rationalities, southernturn, Sumak Kawsay, Soft Systems Methodology
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111900
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111900
ID Code:23724
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
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Deposited On:21 May 2021 06:43
Metadata Last Modified:25 May 2021 06:29

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