This article revisits the notion of radical planning from the standpoint of the global South. Emerging struggles for citizenship in the global South, seasoned by the complexities of stateĝ€"citizen relations within colonial and post-colonial regimes, offer an historicized view indispensable to counter-hegemonic planning practices. The article articulates the notion of insurgent planning as radical planning practices that respond to neoliberal specifics of dominance through inclusion ĝ€" that is, inclusive governance. It characterizes the guiding principles for insurgent planning practices as counter-hegemonic, transgressive and imaginative. The article contributes to two current conversations within planning scholarship: on the implication of grassroots insurgent citizenship for planning, and on (de)colonization of planning theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-50
Number of pages19
JournalPlanning Theory
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2009


  • Anti-eviction campaign
  • Cape Town
  • Grassroots citizenship practices
  • Housing movements and struggle
  • Insurgent planning
  • Post-colonial critique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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