Planning as Persuasive Storytelling

Planning as Persuasive Storytelling

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qPlanning as Persuasive Storytelling is a revealing look at the world of political conflict surrounding the Commonwealth Edison Company's ambitious nuclear power plant construction program in northern Illinois during the 1980s. Examining the clash between the utility, consumer groups, community-based groups, the Illinois Commerce Commission, and the City of Chicago, Throgmorton argues that planning can best be thought of as a form of persuasive storytelling. A planner's task is to write future-oriented texts that employ language and figures of speech designed to construct constituencies that the planner's vision is both desirable and feasible. Though seeking to persuade, the planner must also remain open to transformation through honest engagement with contending stories. Juxtaposing stories about efforts to construct Chicago's electric future, Planning as Persuasive Storytelling suggests a shift in how we think about planning. In order to account for the fragmented and conflicted nature of contemporary American life and politics, that shift would be away from qscienceq and the qexpertsq and toward persuasive storytelling by diverse authorsq--Back cover.Planning as Persuasive and Constitutive Storytelling about the Future To draw attention to the importance of storytelling in planning is not in itself novel. Over ten years ago, Martin Krieger (1981, x) wrote that aquot;plans are works of art and artifice and experimentationaquot; and that aquot;they ... MacIntyre starts to answer this question by claiming that man is aquot;essentially a storytelling animal ... a teller of stories thatanbsp;...

Title:Planning as Persuasive Storytelling
Author:James A. Throgmorton
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 1996-07-01


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