Date of Submission
Open Access Senior Thesis
Best Senior Thesis in Philosophy
Bachelor of Arts
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)
© 2021 Elena I Castellanos
This thesis presents the benefits of feminist epistemologies in exposing current unjust structures hindering spatial justice in the urban planning process. I explore three main questions: (1) how do urban planners’ and designers’ biases shape American neighborhoods’ physical and social landscape?, (2) why traditional government or private planning approaches historically chose not to encode community-making functions into their frameworks for community input?, and (3) does a substantively inclusive and equitable urban planning project require a rigorous context-based understanding of people?. Additionally, I investigate what a participatory planning process that embraces feminist epistemologies would look like, a practice that prioritizes epistemically privileged residents in an asset-based, culturally competent procedure. In short, a feminist re-imagining of participatory planning is one where feminist epistemology serves as a tool for evaluating unjust spatial arrangements and aids implementers in re-constructing their relationships with marginalized residents.
Castellanos, Elena, "A Feminist Re-Imagining of Participatory Planning" (2021). CMC Senior Theses. 2708.