'Agon' izing over consensus: Why Habermasian ideals cannot be 'real'

Hillier, J 2003, ''Agon' izing over consensus: Why Habermasian ideals cannot be 'real'', Planning Theory, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 37-59.

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Title 'Agon' izing over consensus: Why Habermasian ideals cannot be 'real'
Author(s) Hillier, J
Year 2003
Journal name Planning Theory
Volume number 2
Issue number 1
Start page 37
End page 59
Total pages 23
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract I explore the core Habermasian concept of rational consensus-formation and its counterfactuality before introducing the possibility of permanence of conflict, non-reciprocity and domination (i.e. of agonism) which may productively explain some of the powergames enacted in planning decision-making. In so doing I draw on the concept of agonism and introduce the political into Habermas' moral theorization. Where the personal and the political intersect there is a role for psychology. I illustrate how Habermas' communicative theorizing was itself partly developed from a psychoanalytical tradition before introducing some of the concepts popularized by Jacques Lacan. I conclude that development of communicative planning theory could usefully retain some of Habermas' psychological foundations while turning to the work of Lacan as a basis for an enhanced understanding of the realities of planning practice.
Subject History and Theory of the Built Environment (excl. Architecture)
Keyword(s) agonism
DOI - identifier 10.1177/1473095203002001005
Copyright notice © 2003 SAGE Publications
ISSN 1741-3052
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