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Patrick Bond

In: The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

Chapter 13: Limits to South Africa's ‘Right to the City': Prospects for and beyond Urban Commoning

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Limits to South Africa's ‘Right to the City': Prospects for and beyond Urban Commoning
Limits to South Africa's Right to the City: Prospects for and beyond Urban Commoning
Patrick Bond
Introduction

As political processes in South Africa become increasingly fluid, with the ruling party's hold over municipal management increasingly tenuous, ideological questions are again becoming vital to pose. For example, is demanding the ‘Right to the City’ the ideal narrative for oppressed and otherwise excluded people as they relate to the urban process, given the liberal terrain on which rights are adjudicated? Or is a discursive strategy based on a collectivizing ‘Commons’ orientation preferable? Would an accompanying organizing strategy ideally have more of a national, not local focus (albeit one acutely conscious ...

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