POLITICS AND COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH, perspectives from Yeoville Studio, Johannesburg

: Bénit-Gbaffou (C.), Charlton (S.), Didier (S.) & Dörmann (K.) eds.

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417pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Johannesburg, 2019


A collection built around the experiences of Yeoville Studio, a research initiative based at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand. "Through themed, illustrated stories of the people and places of Yeoville, the book presents a nuanced portrait of the vibrance and complexity of a post-apartheid, peri-central neighbourhood that has often been characterised as a ‘slum’ in Johannesburg. These narratives are interwoven with theoretical chapters by scholars from a diversity of disciplinary backgrounds, reflecting on the empirical experiences of the Studio and examining academic research processes." from the back cover

"This book is a new and courageous examination of the complexity of embedded research. It is an honest and insightful reflection that...challenges and deepens arguments around spaces of participation through theoretical reflection and, more centrally, through the actual experience of the embedded research of Yeoville Studio." Tanya Zack, urban planner and writer, Johannesburg

Claire Bénit-Gbaffou is Associate Professor at Aix-Marseille University, a researcher at CHERPA (Sciences Po Aix), and a visiting researcher at the Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies (CUBES) at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand.
Sarah Charlton is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning, and Associate Director of CUBES, University of the Witwatersrand.
Sophie Didier is Professor at the Paris School of Planning, University Paris-Est, France and a researcher at Lab’Urba.
Kirsten Dörmann is a lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning, and a researcher at CUBES, University of the Witwatersrand.