In the service of tyranny: debating the role of planning in Zimbabwe's urban `clean-up' operation

Kamete, A.Y. (2009) In the service of tyranny: debating the role of planning in Zimbabwe's urban `clean-up' operation. Urban Studies, 46(4), pp. 897-922. (doi:10.1177/0042098009102134)

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Abstract

The paper debates the role of planning in `Operation Murambatsvina/Restore Order', Zimbabwe's 2005 controversial urban clean-up campaign. The discussion critically assesses two perspectives regarding the purported contribution and complicity of planning in what critics perceive to be the machinations of a regime that is internationally viewed as nefarious. This is done, first, by interrogating the role and contribution of planners and planning to the instigation and design of the operation before it was launched and, secondly, by determining the extent to which planners and planning served as the handmaiden of state repression during the operation. After weighing relevant empirical evidence on the culpability of planning, the discussion concludes that, while planning may escape the first charge, it certainly has a case to answer on the second.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kamete, Dr Amin
Authors: Kamete, A.Y.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Urban Studies
ISSN:0042-0980
ISSN (Online):1360-063X

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