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Black texts on white paper: Learning to see resistant texts as an approach towards decolonising planning


Year published: 2018
Categories: Articles
URL Link: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1473095217739335
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  • Tanja Winkler



I recently attended an international conference on planning in Africa. Here it was suggested that the colonial era was over and that planners are already well-versed in decolonising theories and practices. Such suggestions came from Northern and Southern scholars alike. By means of this paper, I hope to disrupt this privileged position by introducing the idea of resistant texts which are most often found in endogenous systems of knowledge production. I then explain how decoloniality—which calls for an epistemic de-linking from Western knowledges—might assists planners in seeing resistant texts before attempting to arrive at anti-colonial interventions.



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