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Social Planning

Social planning utilizes community values through policy goals for social and physical development. Social planning is the process by which policymakers try to solve community problems or improve conditions in the community by devising and then implementing policies intended to have certain results. Social theorists, social scientists or sociologists who have linked the subjects of sociology or social science, and social planning, in individual lives are rare. Social planning brings lasting and meaningful changes needed to address the major social problems we face today.

Social planning organizations or Social Planning Councils are informal networks of non-profit community organizations across Canada. Social planning councils focus on a range of community development and social justice issues. There is a need for the cultivation of a culture of democratic planning that values inclusive communities, social justice and environmental justice. There are few social theorists, social scientists or sociologists who have linked the subjects of sociology or social science, and planning. Fewer still are sociologists who have functioned also professionally and intellectually, as planners, in the areas of theory, social policy and action.

Social Planning Abstracts

A Conceptual Scheme for Analysis of the Social Planning Process
Earl R. Jones, William M. Harris.
Abstract: Several factors have contributed to the decline in social planning in community development since the 1970s. This paper presents a three-phase model for the analysis of social planning respecting some of the misconceptions confronting social planning. No consensus exists as to the definition of social planning among scholars and practitioners. It is accepted, however, that the general purpose of social planning is to attempt to combat societal inequities such as homelessness and poverty. The three phases of social planning discussed are socially aware planning, socially responsible planning and institutional change. The dynamic interactions between the phases are presented to support the challenge to the community development practitioners to help improve the quality of life for all citizens.

THE SOCIOLOGIST AS PUBLIC PLANNER: AMERICAN, GERMAN AND BRITISH EXAMPLES Thomas H. Jenkins, University of Cincinnati, Department of Sociology - Abstract: Sociology and social planning, both valuable to society, are different: sociology provides scientific understanding of society; while democratic social planning utilizes community values through policy goals for social and physical development.

POLYWOG: Sociology: Social Change and Social Planning - Social Change and Social Planning. Fair trade coffee: Case study in social change. Written By: Miguel A. Antunes, Emilio M. Recio.

The Planning offers news and analyses of events in planning (including suburban, rural, and small town planning, environmental planning, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, social planning, and urban design.

Books On Social Planning

Frieden, Bernard J. The Changing Prospects of Social Planning. Journal of the American Planning Association Volume 33 (1967): 311-23.

Rein, Martin. Social Planning: the Search for Legitimacy. Journal of the American Planning Association Volume 35 (1969): 233-44.

Brooks, Michael P. PAS Report #261: Social Planning and City Planning. Chicago, IL: American Society of Planning Officials, 1970.