Commentary: Placing Planning in the World—Transnationalism as Practice and Critique
AbstractThis essay uses critical transnationalism to place planning in the world. It examines two types of transnational practices: the enforcement of the global border in the Americas, and the transnational traffic of “fast” policy that increasingly characterizes the global nature of planning. The essay suggests counterpractices, “technologies of crossing” and forms of “slow learning,” that puncture such forms of dominance and hegemony. It presents critical transnationalism as a way of inhabiting borders and as a way of “seeing from the South.” Critical transnationalism, it argues, presents planning thought and practice with new spatial imaginations and thereby with new ethical frameworks.