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1st Edition

Unlearning the Colonial Cultures of Planning

ISBN 9780754649885
Published March 28, 2010 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

Colonialization has never failed to provoke discussion and debate over its territorial, economic and political projects, and their ongoing consequences. This work argues that the state-based activity of planning was integral to these projects in conceptualizing, shaping and managing place in settler societies. Planning was used to appropriate and then produce territory for management by the state and in doing so, became central to the colonial invasion of settler states. Moreover, the book demonstrates how the colonial roots of planning endure in complex (post)colonial societies and how such roots, manifest in everyday planning practice, continue to shape land use contests between indigenous people and planning systems in contemporary (post)colonial states.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: culture, colonialism and planning; Indigenous people and their challenge to planning; A colonial genealogy of planning; Systematizing space: 'natures', 'cultures' and protected areas; Managing the sacred; Modes of governance: the difference indigeneity makes to progressive planning; Unlearning privilege: towards the decolonization of planning; Bibliography; Index.

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Dr Libby Porter, Lecturer in Spatial Planning, Department of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow, UK


'A path-breaking analysis of planning's complicity in colonialism, and the resulting social injustice for Indigenous peoples. Porter's genealogical analysis does for planning what Latour did for modernity. Her brilliant deconstruction of the colonial cultures of planning opens a space for a more transformative (post) colonial planning.' Leonie Sandercock, University of British Columbia, Canada 'Overall, this book tells many insightful and interesting stories about inappropriate planning practices within indigenous contexts. The book is targeted at academics rather than at practitioners and offers interesting, often provocative, views on matters of ontology and epistemology in the field of protected area and national park planning and management in settler states.' Housing Studies '... a volume that will find a useful role in planning and geography courses addressing indigenous issues and as an informed starting point to any serious study of planning and indigenous issues.' New Zealand Geographer