Insurgent participation: consensus and contestation in planning the redevelopment of Berlin-Tempelhof airport

Hilbrandt, Hanna (2017). Insurgent participation: consensus and contestation in planning the redevelopment of Berlin-Tempelhof airport. Urban Geography, 38(4) pp. 537–556.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2016.1168569

Abstract

Despite decades of debate, participatory planning continues to be contested. More recently, research has revealed a relationship between participation and neoliberalism, in which participation works as a post-political tool—a means to depoliticize planning and legitimize neoliberal policy-making. This article argues that such accounts lack attention to the opportunities for opposing neoliberal planning that may be inherent within participatory processes. In order to further an understanding of the workings of resistance within planning, it suggests the notion of insurgent participation—a mode of contentious intervention in participatory approaches. It develops this concept through the analysis of various participatory approaches launched to regenerate the former airport Berlin-Tempelhof. A critical reading of participation in Tempelhof reveals a contradictory process. Although participatory methods worked to mobilize support for predefined agendas, their insurgent participation also allowed participants to criticize and shape the possibilities of engagement, challenge planning approaches and envision alternatives to capitalist imperatives.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 46015
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 0272-3638
  • Keywords
  • participation; planning; post-politics; neoliberalism; contestation; Berlin
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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  • © 2016 Informa UK Ltd
  • Depositing User
  • Hanna Hilbrandt

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