This reference is a comprehensive study guide to the city. The text explains and evaluates the key ideas, informed by the latest research, adding the necessary historical context to situate the student in the literature and the essential debates. Organized in four sections The SAGE Companion to the City provides a systematic A-Z to understanding the city that explains the interrelations between society, culture, and economy.

Planning and Conflict

Planning and Conflict

Planning and conflict

This Chapter

  • Considers planning as both process and practice, and the role of the planner as a professional
  • Notes a decline in the public's faith in the ‘expert planner’, arguing for a different (and more empowering) notion of planning
  • Suggests ways in which urban studies can contribute to a more pluralistic, active and engaging form of planning


Planning has conventionally been seen as an application of technical expertise to competing claims for the city. The planner, a professional public servant, makes disinterested judgements in the public interest, reconciling demands for growth with the needs of a city's publics. Much day-to-day work in planning concerns infrastructure, but also involves attempts to resolve conflicting claims to space and to a city's public image. ...

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