Urban Analytics and City Science EPB: Urban Analytics and City Science 2019, Vol. 46(9) 1769–1770 Book review ! The Author(s) 2018 Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions journals.sagepub.com/home/epb Beatrix Haselsberger (ed.), Encounters in planning thought, Routledge, New York and London, 2017; xiii þ 338 pp. ISBN 978-1-138-64087-0, »44.99 (pbk) Reviewed by: Philip O’Brien, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool, UK DOI: 10.1177/2399808318782084 An edited volume of 16 autobiographical essays written by notable ﬁgures from within planning academia, this is at ﬁrst impression a book that is both unusual and appealing. If there is a premise to the work it is that the contextualisation of academic thought within autobiography adds to the reader’s understanding by situating that thought within an historical–geographical context and within a narrative of personal intellectual progression. This is a proposition that is found to be self-evidently true by the general reader of autobiography, though biography and autobiography nevertheless rarely feature in social scientiﬁc research. The usefulness of such an approach is outlined by Laura Saija in a brief methods chapter that draws on cognate research from psychology to make the case for the use of autobiography as a means to break down the false distinction between
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