The discursive production of urban temporalities: a Foucauldian Critical Discourse Analysis of the Lyari Expressway, Karachi

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This qualitative study presents a critical view on conceptualizing time within the urban domain. The research undertakes a Foucauldian Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) of the discourses of planners, civil society members, and affectees on their roles and experiences regarding the Lyari Expressway project (pre-2001 to 2022) in Karachi. It explores the process of discursive production through two key Foucauldian concepts: the regime of truth, and subject formation. The themes emerging from the study indicate the significance of time as multiscalar within the urban regime of truth, and the formation of the urban subject as fundamentally temporal. The convergences and divergences in the discourses of various actor groups indicate how time is observed, recorded, communicated, and negotiated within the urban realm, and the differentiations between temporally advantaged and disadvantaged urban subjects. The research suggests how these learnings can contribute to urban planning theory and practice, as well as the execution of temporally inclusive and sensitized planning agendas in the Global South.


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Citation Formats
A. Abdullah, “The discursive production of urban temporalities: a Foucauldian Critical Discourse Analysis of the Lyari Expressway, Karachi,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2022.