A Lacanian understanding of the southern planning theorists’ identification under the hegemony of western philosophy

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dc.contributor.author Mohammadzadeh, Mohsen
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-07T02:19:21Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-07T02:19:21Z
dc.identifier.citation plaNext - Next Generation Planning Online first:19 pages 2021
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/2292/55471
dc.description.abstract As a planning theorist who has studied and taught planning theory in the Global South and North, I grapple with the question – “What does planning theory mean in the Global South?” To answer this question, I ontologically investigate the meaning of Southern planning theory based on a Lacanian approach. Drawing on the Lacanian theory of human subjectivity, this article explains how planning theorists’ identities are constituted through their interactions within academia. Lacanian discourse theory assists in exploring how most Southern planning theorists adopt, internalise, and use hegemonic Western philosophy, ideas, and discourses as the only accepted mechanism of truth. Consequently, this process profoundly alienates Southern planning theorists from their local context, as they often devalue, overlook, and neglect non-Western beliefs, ideas, knowledge, and philosophy. I argue that although the number of Southern planning theorists has increased during the last decades, non-Western philosophy is seldom utilised as the core of their critical studies. Based on the Lacanian discourse theory, I show that they mostly remain in the hegemonic mechanism of knowledge production that is embedded in the colonial era.
dc.publisher Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)
dc.relation.ispartofseries plaNext - next generation planning
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dc.title A Lacanian understanding of the southern planning theorists’ identification under the hegemony of western philosophy
dc.type Journal Article
dc.identifier.doi 10.24306/plnxt/68
dc.date.updated 2021-06-07T00:47:11Z
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pubs.publication-status Published online
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pubs.elements-id 855285
dc.identifier.eissn 2468-0648
pubs.online-publication-date 2021

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