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Planning and Social Science : A Humanistic Approach - Gerald A. Gutenschwager

Planning and Social Science

A Humanistic Approach

Paperback Published: 12th March 2004
ISBN: 9780761826644
Number Of Pages: 306

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In the 20th century, planning evolved from a design-based activity to a scientific one. Planning, the only legitimate voice in applied social science, now seeks to free itself from the "autistic" vocabulary of positivism and neo-classical economics. To further this quest, author Gerald A. Gutenschwager examines the philosophical basis for alternative paradigms currently used in social science and suggests new approaches to a more humanistic theory of planning. The primary goal of this book is to give philosophical depth to planning discourse, not only by examining its scientific pedigree, but also by seeking to extend its horizons into more humanistic directions, by touching upon sociodramatic and even social psychological questions largely unattended in this discourse.

Introductionp. xv
Paradigms in Social Science
Positivism and its 'Discontent'p. 3
Positivismp. 4
Relativism and Postmodernismp. 11
Phenomenology and Hermeneuticsp. 25
(Dialectical) Structuralismp. 41
Piaget's Structuralismp. 43
Giddens' Structuration Theoryp. 51
Burke's Sociodramatic Structuralismp. 57
Science and Societyp. 66
Research Under Three Paradigms
Positivist Research: The Time Budget Studyp. 73
The Time Budget Perspectivep. 74
The Time Budget Perspective in Relation to Other Urban and Regional Effortsp. 76
Time Budget Research and Public Policyp. 78
Time Budget Research in Athensp. 79
A Sample of Results from the Researchp. 83
The Phenomenology of Social Changep. 101
The Social Order: Three modes of Realityp. 101
A Model for the Study of the Changep. 105
Social Change in the Larger Contextp. 110
The Social Structure of Health and Diseasep. 117
Social Theory and Diseasep. 119
Institutionalization of Disease Risk Behaviourp. 121
The History of Western Social Formationsp. 122
Disease Risk under Modern Capitalismp. 125
Planning Theory and Social Reality at The Turn of the Century
Social Structures at The Turn of the Centuryp. 143
Objective Reality at the Turn of the Centuryp. 144
Subjective Reality at the Turn of the Centuryp. 157
Planning Theory at the Turn of the Centuryp. 171
Technocratic (Positivist) Planningp. 172
The Phenomenological Turnp. 180
The Social Structure of Planningp. 193
Towards A Humanistic Theory of Planning
Creating a Better Possible Future: the Sociodramatic Dimension of Palnningp. 209
Introductionp. 209
The Many Faces of Planningp. 212
Planning is, In Effect, a Concern for the Futurep. 213
Planners are 'Inside' the Presentp. 216
Planners Must Understand How 'Presents' and 'Futures' are Created and Maintainedp. 219
Beyond Monetary Values: Planning for Human Needsp. 227
Maslow's Developmental Need Hierarchy - Its Use and Abusep. 229
Empirical Research on the Needs Hierarchyp. 239
Need Satisfaction under Capitalism and Socialismp. 243
Implications for Social Theory and Planningp. 246
Epiloguep. 255
Bibliographyp. 257
Author Indexp. 277
Subject Indexp. 285
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ISBN: 9780761826644
ISBN-10: 0761826645
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 12th March 2004
Publisher: University Press of America
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 14.38  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.4

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