Meta-Theoretical Frameworks of (Spatial) Planning

  • Donald OkekeEmail author
Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)


There are traditional and international perspectives of meta-theories of planning. The traditional perspectives are embedded in worldviews and philosophies, which mark traditional communities as unique societies. This work reviewed ujamaa philosophy based on socialist principles in East Africa, the ubuntu ideology based on survivalist structures (i.e. the extended family) in Southern Africa and the omenani philosophy of Ibo socialism built on spirituality amongst the Ibos in South-Eastern Nigeria, West Africa. International perspectives portray meta-theories as trade methodologies. Classical liberalism nurtured popular design tradition in planning, fettered capitalism nurtured formal master planning theory and neoliberalism nurtured neoliberal participatory planning theory. The precepts of neoliberal planning theory amount to the reinvention of planning.


Ujamaa Ubuntu Omenani Meta-theory Socialism Communism Liberalism 


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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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