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Thinking conjuncturally about ideology, housing and English planning

Inch, A. and Shepherd, E. (2020) Thinking conjuncturally about ideology, housing and English planning. Planning Theory, 19 (1). pp. 59-79. ISSN 1741-3052

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1177/1473095219887771


This paper explores the value of Stuart Hall’s approach to conjunctural analysis for examining the complex relations between ideology and planning. By “thinking conjuncturally” we explore planning as a site where multiple social, economic and political forces coalesce; ideology is one of these forces whose role and influence must be tracked alongside others. To illustrate this we draw on recent and ongoing planning reforms in England and their relationship with housing development. Highlighting the faltering role of a particular ideological formation in ‘suturing together contradictory lines of argument and emotional investments’ (Hall, 2011, 713) around housing and planning, the paper draws attention to planning as a space where ideological struggle takes place within the frame of a broader, contingent cultural hegemony. This struggle may help to reaffirm that hegemony but it can also open space for alternative visions to be articulated, with potential to transform dominant logics of planning and reveal routes to practical and progressive action.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:86688
Uncontrolled Keywords:ideology, planning, housing, conjuncture, conjunctural analysis, Stuart


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