The author analyzes the political geography of globally expanding urban informalities. These are conceptualized as 'gray spaces', positioned between the 'whiteness' of legality/approval/safety, and the 'blackness' of eviction/destruction/death. The vast expansion of gray spaces in contemporary cities reflects the emergence of new types of colonial relations, which are managed by urban regimes facilitating a process of 'creeping apartheid'. Planning is a lynchpin of this urban order, providing tools and technologies to classify, contain and manage deeply unequal urban societies. The author uses a 'South-Eastern' perspective to suggest the concept of 'planning citizenship' as a possible corrective horizon for analytical, normative and insurgent theories.
- Colonial relations
- Gray space
- Urban regime
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development