The Right to the City: Exclusion and Justice in the Post-Apartheid City

Cities are both sites of economic and racial exclusion and the staging grounds for social movements aimed at building a just and inclusive society. In few places are the paradoxes and possibilities of the city more apparent than in post-apartheid urban South Africa. Twenty years after the official end of apartheid, South African cities remain divided spaces where racial disparities are tightly woven into the fabric of urban neighborhoods, public spaces, and places of work and leisure. But exclusion and racism are being contested in the same city spaces, taking the form of struggles for shelter and housing, sanitation and infrastructure, food security, environmental justice, and the right to education. This experiential urban sociology/anthropology program, based in Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town, explores the history and contemporary practices of social exclusion and resistance across urban South Africa.