Late modernity to postmodernity? The rise of resilience and political implications of legitimizing disaster planning (Seattle and Paris)

Authors: Ihnji Jon*, University of Washington
Topics: Political Geography, Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: resilience, Paris, Seattle, planning, disasters
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Napoleon D1, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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This paper aims to examine and reflect on the current trend in disaster planning, where “resilience” has arisen as one of the key concepts. In doing so, the paper is inspired by theoretical inquiries on the relationship between knowledge and legitimation of public policy. What kind of knowledge, or whose knowledge, matters in contemporary disaster planning? Does the rise of resilience signal a change in legitimation logic of planning, as it shifts the focus of disaster planning from controlling pre-event factors to management of post-event contexts? What does that imply in local governance — especially with regard to the question of where planning should find its source of legitimacy? And what are the political and social implications of such changes in legitimation logic of planning? These themes of legitimation and its implications on political and social order are the main issues that I aim to address throughout this research project. To do so, it will demonstrate how different factors (such as particularities of political structures, process of planning, actors involved, priority on what kind of knowledge, etc.) influence the political implication of resilience. In attempts to avoid any simplistic conclusion — either universalistic judgement on the concept or pluralistic letting go (i.e. “it depends on the context”) — the final product of this paper will provide the specific factors that influence the political implication of resilience, based on the comparison of two empirical cases (Seattle and Paris).

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