Planning out abjection? The role of the planning profession in post-apartheid South Africa

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For Kristeva (1982) the abject not only caused visceral disgust but posed a threat to the established order of society. The abject is a product of particular times and places but limited attention has been given to understanding the process of transitioning away from abject status. We address this gap here through an examination of the planning profession in post-apartheid South Africa. The paper examines how the abject is fluid and resilient, evolving to fit a changing planning system and broader political economy where a discourse of abjection by race has been replaced by a focus on poverty.

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Not yet published as of 13/04/2021.


Original languageEnglish
JournalPlanning Theory
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 29 Mar 2021


  • Abjection, Kristeva, planning profession, Apartheid, South Africa