Abahlali baseMjondolo and struggle for the city in Durban, South Africa

Pithouse, Richard Michael (2009) Abahlali baseMjondolo and struggle for the city in Durban, South Africa. Cidades, 6 (9). pp. 241-270. ISSN 1679-3625




The racialised regulation of space under apartheid was increasingly undone by insurgent popular action from the late 1970s. After apartheid a technocratic agenda that reduced the urban crisis to a housing crisis successfully depoliticised the urban question. At the same time the state made often violent attempts to reinscribe certain aspects of apartheid spatial logic by forcibly removing shack dwellers living in well located suburbs to tiny houses, and then later ‘transit camps’, in peripheral ghettoes. However from 2004 there was a remarkable sequence of popular protest against local governments across the country. An autonomous shack dweller’s movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, emerged from this grassroots ferment and has since issued a compelling demand for organisational autonomy, grassroots urban planning and the right to the city.

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Subjects:J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
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