The value of collective intentionality for understanding urban self-organization

Mustafa Hasanov*, Justin Beaumont

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Urban self-organization (USO) is an important topic within the field of contemporary participatory planning. This article aims to investigate the role of certain socio-psychological traits embedded within the notion of USO. We will argue that USO builds upon on the relationship between processes of community organizing, socio-spatial proximity and, most intriguingly, collective intentionality. The intellectual and sensory experience of self-organizing processes is examined through the help of three spatially anchored community initiatives within The Netherlands. We suggest that our investigation into collective intentionality of USO has a promising role in setting the future research agenda for supporting a more inclusive planning theory and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-249
Number of pages19
JournalUrban Research and Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • citizen participation
  • collective intentionality
  • urban governance
  • urban self-organization


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