Urban Planning in the Global South

Conflicting Rationalities in Contested Urban Space

Authors: de Satgé, Richard, Watson, Vanessa

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  • Addresses a major concern worldwide on planning African (and other global south) cities, especially since the adoption by the UN of the new Urban Sustainable Development Goal in 2016
  • Contributes to a current shift in planning theory away from its parochial global North focus to become more international
  • Contains fascinating detail on the lives of inhabitants of a Cape Town informal settlement as well as how the South African state has attempted to deal with such settlements
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This book addresses the on-going crisis of informality in rapidly growing cities of the global South. The authors offer a Southern perspective on planning theory, explaining how the concept of conflicting rationalities complements and expands upon a theoretical tradition which still primarily speaks to global ‘Northern’ audiences. De Satgé and Watson posit that a significant change is needed in the makeup of urban planning theory and practice – requiring an understanding of the ‘conflict of rationalities’ between state planning and those struggling to survive in urban informal settlements – for social conditions to improve in the global South. Ethnography, as illustrated in the book’s case study – Langa, a township in Cape Town, South Africa – is used to arrive at this conclusion. The authors are thus able to demonstrate how power and conflict between the ambitions of state planners and shack-dwellers, attempting to survive in a resource-poor context, have permeated and shaped all state–society engagement in this planning process.

About the authors

Richard de Satgé is director of research at Phuhlisani, a non-profit company. He has 40 years’ experience working in NGOs across southern Africa as an educator and researcher with a focus on land, livelihoods, poverty and informality. He holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town.

Vanessa Watson is professor of city planning at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and is a Fellow of this University. She holds degrees, including a PhD, from South African universities and the Architectural Association of London and is on the executive of the African Centre for Cities.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Urban Planning in the Global South
Book Subtitle
Conflicting Rationalities in Contested Urban Space
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69496-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69496-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-69495-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09890-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 255
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