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This book engages with a policy agenda that is of increasing importance - the production and use of urban knowledge. How cities function and what counts as a good city have become important elements in politics at all scales. At local level, efforts have long concentrated on replacing and improving problematic and low quality environments with ones that provide high quality living conditions and enhance the general image of localities. Nationally, urban issues have gained in importance over the last half century as not only key factors in production, consumption and welfare, but also, more recently, in the enhancement of culture and creativity which are seen as essential elements in the creation of a knowledge economy. Finally, the European Union has recognised the urban scale as a strategic level in which to intervene in order to improve Europe s competitiveness. Urban places have changed from being primarily localities of problems to places for future growth and improvements in the quality of life. Consequently, urban politics/policies addressing urban problems and opportunities have become of increasing importance. Thus, to maintain efficiency and increase value for money, key actors in this policy field have demanded more and more policy relevant research and development. Despite this the selection of knowledge seems somewhat biased towards institutional traditions, ideologies and political discourses rooted in the so-called scientific approaches to knowledge Our contention is that the recognition and accreditation of relevant knowledge is not a neutral or simple process. It inevitably entails, often unacknowledged, assumptions about what constitutes knowledge that also relate to issues of power concerning the recognition and use of knowledge.
- The GeoJournal Library .9001
- Verlag: Springer Netherlands
- Artikelnr. des Verlages: 12817795
- Erscheinungstermin: Juli 2013
- Abmessung: 244mm x 161mm x 17mm
- Gewicht: 430g
- ISBN-13: 9789048189359
- ISBN-10: 9048189357
- Artikelnr.: 28776718
1: Existing and Future Urban Knowledge: Studies in the Production and Use of Knowledge in Urban Contexts: Hans Thor Andersen & Rob Atkinson.- 2: Integrating Urban Knowledge: Peter Moser.- 3: Urban Regeneration and the Use of "Urban Knowledge" in English and Norwegian Cities: Knowledge Producers, Interests and Inclusion/ Exclusion of Knowledge: Ragnhild Skogheim & Rob Atkinson.- 4. Urban Prosumers: Network Generated Urban Spaces: Rainer Rosegger.- 5. Participatory Planning Processes - Chances for new Knowledge in Urban Politics?: Peter Moser, Ragnhild Skogheim and Knut Strömberg.- 6. Urban Knowledge and Large Housing Estates in Europe: Elena Dimitrova, Karel Schmeidler & Hans Thor Andersen.- 7. Do we Really Want to Learn? EU Funded Urban Programmes and Their Impact on Urban Regeneration, Knowledge and Learning in Madrid: Rob Atkinson & Andres Walliser.- 8. Re-thinking Sustainable Knowledge-Based Urbanism Through Intermediation: Beth Perry, Tim May, Simon Marvin & Mike Hodson.- 9. Conclusions: Urban Knowledge and Urban Policy: Hans Thor Andersen & Rob Atkinson.
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