Land reform and belonging in South Africa: a place-making perspective

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dc.description.abstract Political debate around South African land reform peaks in the run up to the national elections. 2019 was no exception. Escalating urban land grabs in 2017 had already increased emotion, tension and political urgency on the issue. However, the debate again carried surprisingly little weight at the polls. It was overshadowed by the burning issues of jobs, housing, crime, corruption and service delivery. We offer some insights into the racial and cultural topography of the attachment to land in South Africa, and how historical processes of settlement affect the nature of land hunger and demand in South Africa today through a place-making lens. The article is based on our own experiences, research and observations in rural and urban and urban areas, along with two recent studies of urban and rural land hunger we jointly undertook in 2017 and 2018. In retrospect it seems that, despite the perversely unequal nature of the South African spatial economy, there is an uncanny stability to local settlement patterns. Despite urbanisation, the homelands remain favoured spaces for African homemaking, while white South Africans cling to the coastline as a preferred place of investment. The debate about the productive use of land for development, we argue, should not be abstracted from an appreciation of the complex way in which land is inhabited, used and valued. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject LAND REFORM en
dc.subject URBANISATION en
dc.title Land reform and belonging in South Africa: a place-making perspective en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.ProjectNumber MQAEAA en
dc.Volume 46(4) en
dc.BudgetYear 2019/20 en
dc.ResearchGroup Education and Skills Development en
dc.SourceTitle Politikon en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11082 en
dc.URL en
dc.PageNumber 411-426 en
dc.outputnumber 10184 en
dc.bibliographictitle Bank, L.J. & Hart, T.G.B. (2019) Land reform and belonging in South Africa: a place-making perspective. Politikon. 46(4):411-426. en
dc.publicationyear 2019 en
dc.contributor.author1 Bank, L.J. en
dc.contributor.author2 Hart, T.G.B. en

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