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Participatory planning, justice, and climate change in Durban, South Africa

Aylett, Alexander (2010). Participatory planning, justice, and climate change in Durban, South Africa Environment and Planning A , vol. 42 , nº 1. p. 99-115. DOI: 10.1068/a4274.

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A changing climate seriously challenges our sociopolitical and economic systems. Elaborating on one possible element of a successful human response, this paper looks at how participatory governance is treated in the literatures on social justice and climate change. This paper applies the works of Habermas and Foucault, as well as recent work from the fields of urban and environmental planning, to clarify how the balance between structure, power, and agency influences attempts to address social inequality and climate change. Applying this general framework to a case study of Durban, South Africa, the paper then discusses the effectiveness of participatory structures in practice. This case study provides a productive space to study the intersection of social and environmental concerns. It also allows us to explore how interactions between formal and informal participation expose the limits both of confrontational (Foucauldian) and of consensus-based (Habermassian) approaches to governance. These limitations are instructive as we attempt to create cities that are both socially just and environmentally sustainable.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: planification participative; justice; changement climatique; Afrique du Sud
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 11 déc. 2019 22:12
Dernière modification: 11 déc. 2019 22:12
URI: http://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/9373

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