Structuration Theory in Community Planning Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the use of structuration theory in community planning in counties in Maryland.
# 150087 | 1,293 words | 22 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 25, 2012 in Environmental Studies (Urban Issues) , Sociology (General) , Geography (Physical)

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The paper explains the application of structuration theory in local land use planning and land use land cover. The paper focuses on the relevance of community planning in Montgomery, Prince George's, and Frederick County in Maryland and analyzes the comprehensive plans of these respective counties. The paper finds that the application of structuration theory would be beneficial to community planning in the counties in Maryland.

Structuration Theory
Structuration Theory and Community Planning

From the Paper:

"Structuration Theory was first articulated through the work of . Structuration Theory asserts Structuration theory is "an ontology that accounts for how societies both exist, persist and change across time and space. The social system, for Giddens (Giddens, 1979; Giddens, 1984; Giddens, 1991), is recursively (re)created as a result of its human actor s knowledgeable actions and interactions over time and space; drawing on social structures and so recursively (re)creating both those structures and society itself across a time and space of its own making (Brook et al, 2008)." According to Pinch (1996) Structuration theory has become an "important influence upon geography in recent years." The author further explains that this theory is often "envisaged as just one influential element in a much wider trend in social enquiry-- the attempt to develop contextual theory. This is the idea that crucial to understanding human behavior is knowledge of the settings within which that behavior takes place (Pinch, 1996)."
"The author also posits that "Structuration is not so much a theory as a set of principles that should underpin social enquiry (Thrift, 1985)." There are several principles associated with structuration. The first principle is referred to as recursiveness. Recursiveness is the idea that "social systems do not exist 'out there' independently of people but are made up of the numerous, everyday interactions of individuals (known as recurrent social practices). These interactions are affected by various societal norms and the resources at the disposal of the individuals concerned. Each interaction is affected in some way by what went before and will in turn also influence in some way what comes next (Pinch, 1996).""

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