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Planning and Transformation : Learning from the Post-Apartheid Experience - Philip Harrison

Planning and Transformation

Learning from the Post-Apartheid Experience

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In the years after the 1994 transition to democracy in South Africa, planners were convinced that they would be able to successfully promote a vision of integrated, equitable and sustainable cities, and counter the spatial distortions created by apartheid. This book explores the experience of planning in South Africa during the ten years from 1994, with the aim of contributing to key international debates in planning theory. The authors argue that, because of the highly fluid nature of South African society during these last ten years, this country provides a useful 'laboratory' in which to explore the possibilities of achievement in the planning field. Thus while many of the factors which have affected planning have been context-specific, the nature of South Africa's transition and its relationship to global dynamics have meant that many of the issues which confront planners in other parts of the world are echoed here as well. Issues of governance, integration, market competitiveness, sustainability, democracy and values are as significant here as they are elsewhere, and the particular nature of the South African experience lends new insights to thinking on these questions.
The book is subdivided into sections which reflect the main themes in international planning debates. After Part A, which sets the scene in terms of the overall objectives of the book and the changing nature of planning under apartheid and in the post-apartheid era, the sections deal with:
Planning and governance, including planning at the local, regional, national and transnational scales;
Discourses of planning, including those of spatial frameworks, integration andtransformation, planning's relationship to the market, and discourses related to environment and sustainability;
Planning and society, including professionalism, education, planning values, its response to diversity and informality, and to the big social issues of AIDS, poverty and crime
A concluding section considers the power of planning in the South African context and the limits to its power.

List of illustrationsp. VII
Prefacep. VIII
Acknowledgementsp. X
List of terms and measurementsp. XI
Setting the Scene
Introductionp. 3
Planning the spaces of colonialism and apartheidp. 19
New planning visionsp. 39
Planning post-apartheidp. 57
Planning and Governance
Introduction: international debatesp. 75
Planning and local governancep. 79
Planning as governance beyond the local: the regional question, national and provincial planningp. 91
Discourses of Planning
Introduction: international debatesp. 113
Discourses of the spatialp. 117
Discourses of social transformationp. 135
Discourses of the economy and the marketp. 143
Discourses of sustainabilityp. 159
Planning and Society
Introduction: international debatesp. 175
The planning profession and societyp. 178
Educating plannersp. 189
Planning, democracy and valuesp. 203
Responding to diversity: conflicting rationalitiesp. 214
Responding to informalityp. 225
Conclusion: the power of planning, and the limits to its power: learning from the South African experiencep. 235
The Bloemfontein competenciesp. 255
Notesp. 258
Bibliographyp. 262
Indexp. 288
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ISBN: 9780203007983
ISBN-10: 0203007980
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 29th August 2007
Edition Number: 1