Title

Urban Planning as a Tool of Power and Social Control in Colonial Africa

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Keywords

colonial Africa, colonial urban planning, imperialism, social control, residential segregation

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1080/02665430902933960

Abstract

A power theoretical framework is employed to analyse physical and spatial policies in colonial Africa. Officially, the policies were designed to accomplish public welfare goals, such as ensuring sound architectural standards and promoting the efficiency and effectiveness of the built environment. A more critical analysis reveals that the policies constituted part of a meticulous and multifarious agenda on the part of colonial powers to harness and reinforce their grip on the territories they had conquered in Africa. This article shows how planning policies found expression as instruments of power, domination and social control in urban space in colonial Africa.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Planning Perspectives, v. 24, issue 3, p. 301-317

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