Scale of Belonging: Gauteng 30 Years After the Repeal of the Group Areas Act

Richard Ballard, Alexandra Parker, Siân Butcher, Julia de Kadt, Christian Hamann, Kate Joseph, Sandiswa Mapukata, Thembani Mkhize, Ngaka Mosiane, Lukas Spiropoulos

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Since the repeal of the Group Areas Act three decades ago, South Africa’s once-divided spaces have merged, and race-based restrictions on political participation have been eliminated. The result is that the territories to which people belong have transformed, and in many cases have increased in scale. This editorial introduces a special issue on the scale of belonging, which consists of a series of case studies in Gauteng Province. It considers the possibilities, complexities and limits of this aspect of spatial transformation. It provides two cross-cutting themes running through the articles. The first is that scales of belonging are produced by state practices, the private sector and ordinary users of space. The second is that actors invest in particular scales preferentially, either for their immediate benefit or for the benefit of society as a whole.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-139
Number of pages9
JournalUrban Forum
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


  • Apartheid city
  • Inclusion
  • South Africa
  • Urban spatial transformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies


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