The relevance of contemplative studies and practices for improving participatory urban governance

SOURCE: Politikon
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 1971
TITLE AUTHOR(S): D.Sanchez Betancourt, E.Vivier
KEYWORDS: COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION, GOVERNANCE, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, SERVICE DELIVERY
DEPARTMENT: Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 12754
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/18835
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/18835

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Abstract

Evidence suggests that substantial and robust community engagement is essential to local urban governance. In this paper, we reflect on the importance of a more comprehensive approach to community engagement that values both the cognitive and the affective, the technical and the relational, and the outer and inner dimensions of human experiences. The intangible and inner dimensions receive little attention in public administration and political science fields, or in governance processes themselves. The paper aims to make a start in addressing this gap by engaging ideas from the emerging field of contemplative studies. This field brings attention to the inner worlds of people, and the importance of valuing affective and embodied experiences. We explore how community engagement processes could potentially embody these insights to strengthen participatory urban governance, and reflect on some of the risks and limitation