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Re-translating nature in post-apartheid Cape Town: The material semiotics of people and plants at Bottom Road
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment. University of Cape Town. (KTH Environmental Humanities)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6415-4821
2013 (English)In: Actor-Network Theory for Development: Working Paper Series / [ed] Richard Heeks, 2013, no June, 1-35 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper uses actor-network theory (ANT) to study a grassroots’ ecological rehabilitation project in a marginalized area of Cape Town. By tracing the stabilization of relations between residents, authorities, plants and green areas, the paper demonstrates how ANT can be enfolded into the study of African cities as an attentive way to rethink agency, empowerment and collective action. It also shows how ANT allows for the study of epistemological and ontological politics inherent to all collective action—here demonstrating how plants participated in giving voice to memories of oppression while undermining expert-based practices that separate Nature and Culture.

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2013. no June, 1-35 p.
Keyword [en]
ANT, ANT and Dev Studies, Actor-Network Theory (ANT), African urbanism, Cape Town, Urban political ecology, cape town, relational perspective, sna, social network analysis
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-145917ISBN: 978-1905469673OAI: diva2:721177
Centre for Development Informatics Institute for Development Policy and Management, SED University of Manchester, Arthur Lewis Building, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
Ways of Knowing Urban Ecologies (WOK-UE)Socioecological Movements in Urbanized Ecosystems (MOVE)
Swedish Research Council Formas, 250-2010-1372Swedish Research Council Formas, 211-2011-1519

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Available from: 2014-06-03 Created: 2014-06-03 Last updated: 2015-02-19Bibliographically approved

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