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Cross-cultural knowledge development: the case of collaboraitve planning in Egypt
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies. (Space, politics and ecologies)
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Planning has lent legitimacy to the development of society through the application of different theories and practices. With its embodied concepts and values, planning influences the direction of change that a society may achieve. Given the great role that planning plays in shaping societies over long periods of time, in situations where it is planning knowledge that is subject to travel between nations, consideration of the context specificity is particularity essential. This thesis deals with the complex process of transferring collaborative planning knowledge to a different institutional and cultural context. The research adopts a proactive approach, examining the practical and theoretical potential imbued in a new context. It is argued, in this work, that an exogenous planning model has to be re-contextualized and landed in a new context through its assimilation with that context’s history and cultural values. The research focuses on Egypt and is directed towards understanding the specificities of the Egyptian institutional context and the cultural values inherited from the history of Egyptian society. The author’s interest lies in addressing the ways in which such an understanding can contribute to the development of collaborative planning knowledge. The research strategy is designed with reference to the cross-cultural transfer of knowledge and the study utilises an action research approach through which the author plays the dual role of practitioner and action researcher. Implementing collaborative planning in the Egyptian urban context of the city of Zifta provided a valuable opportunity to understand how planning knowledge may be transferred between different cultural contexts. The intellectual foundations for the collaborative principle is scrutinised, and complemented by an examination of Egyptian social philosophy. A conceptual framework for the joint development of knowledge in cross-cultural planning research is put forward, which derives from a combination of the practical and theoretical investigations carried out.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2012. , xiii, 171 p.
Trita-SOM , ISSN 1653-6126 ; 2012:14
Keyword [en]
Cross-cultural transfer of knowledge, Knowledge development, dual role action research/practitioner, social learning, Zifta context, Egyptians social philosophy, role of the planner
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
SRA - E-Science (SeRC)
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-103073ISBN: 978-91-7501-469-2OAI: diva2:558445
Public defence
2012-10-11, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, KTH, Stockholm, 09:15 (English)
Swedish e‐Science Research Center

QC 20121003

Available from: 2012-10-03 Created: 2012-10-03 Last updated: 2012-10-19Bibliographically approved

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