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Spatial capital as a tool for planning practice

Mace, Alan ORCID: 0000-0001-9920-8765 (2017) Spatial capital as a tool for planning practice. Planning Theory, 16 (2). pp. 119-132. ISSN 1473-0952

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1473095215617000


This purpose of this article is to look at the potential benefit to planning practice of engaging with spatial capital – a concept derived from the social theory of Bourdieu. Doubt is expressed about the theoretical basis for spatial capital; nevertheless, it is argued that it may have merit as a trope for planning practitioners. Spatial capital has a strong empirical basis, making it accessible to planning practice and offering a new means for interpreting and communicating the combined effects of a range of individual urban events such as the gating of communities, differing mobilities and schooling tactics. By focussing on the interplay of social positioning within place, it emphasises the joined-up nature of disadvantage and highlights the limits of environmental determinism. However, its use is not without possible drawbacks. Here, the experience of social capital is informative, as this has been appropriated by groups with quite different readings of its implications for policy.

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Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2015 12:19
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2024 03:34

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