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Planning in the face of ‘deep divisions’: a view from Beirut, Lebanon

Mady, C. and Chettiparamb, A. ORCID: (2017) Planning in the face of ‘deep divisions’: a view from Beirut, Lebanon. Planning Theory, 16 (3). pp. 296-317. ISSN 1741-3052

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1177/1473095216639087


This article discusses planning in the global South-East while focusing on the specific context of social divides, political turmoil and conflict situations. The article proposes a five-way framework based on political science and planning to theory to analyse such contexts. The article explores the case of Beirut, Lebanon that has undergone several episodes of internal and external conflicts resulting in a society splintered along sectarianism. Three Two case studies of open urban spaces and their public activities are analysed using the five-way framework The discussion indicates how economic liberalism that is prevalent in countries of the South-East, along with place-based identities, interest-based identities, consensus orientated processes and institutionalism might facilitate a cultivation of deep values away from a narrowly constructed identity. The article argues that planners should understand the options for positive action that aim to bridge deep divisions and suggests that the five-way framework provides a reference for contextualising in different ways to suit particular contexts. Therefore, the framework is not necessarily restricted to the South-East but could be applicable to any context which manifests deep divisions.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Walker Institute
Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Food Security
ID Code:59517
Uncontrolled Keywords:Lebanon, public space, conflict, flower markets, food markets
Additional Information:This article was written as part of the postdoctoral research under the International Fellowship granted to Christine Mady by the Urban Studies Foundation (USF) in 2014, at the School of Real Estate and Planning, the University of Reading, UK with Angelique Chettiparamb as mentor.


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