Epistemological Ideologies and Planning (in Africa)

  • Donald OkekeEmail author
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Epistemological foundations and ideologies of imperial space economy and informality are the bane of planning in Africa. These epistemologies draw from development ideologies, which reside in the meta-theoretical realm. The disregard of the meta-theory of planning is responsible for the gross misreading of planning. This explains the neglect of urban planning in favour of investment planning and environmental management. The urban environment ceases to be the subject of planning and the object of planning transits from spatial integration to poverty alleviation. Although the current informalization of cities has no theoretical basis for growth , the planning scene continues to tend towards neoliberal participatory planning for project development in environmental management. This widens the lacuna in urban planning and deepens urban crisis in Africa.


Epistemological Informalization Meta-theoretical Diaspora Traditional Informality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.African Settlements Research Group, Department of Urban and Regional PlanningUniversity of NigeriaEnuguNigeria

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