Cities and the Politics of Difference: Multiculturalism and Diversity in Urban Planning

Cities and the Politics of Difference: Multiculturalism and Diversity in Urban Planning

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Edited by Michael A. Burayidi
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2015
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Demographic change and a growing sensitivity to the diversity of urban communities have increasingly led planners to recognize the necessity of planning for diversity. Edited by Michael A. Burayidi, Cities and the Politics of Difference offers a guide for making diversity a cornerstone of planning practice.

The essays in this collection cover the practical and theoretical issues that surround this transformation, discussing ways of planning for inclusive and multicultural cities, enhancing the cultural competence of planners, and expanding the boundaries of planning for multiculturalism to include dimensions of diversity other than ethnicity and religion – including sexual and gender minorities and Indigenous communities. The advice of the contributors on how planners should integrate considerations of diversity in all its forms and guises into practice and theory will be valuable to scholars and practitioners at all levels of government.

Michael A. Burayidi is Irving Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning at Ball State University.

Chapter 1: The Diversity Agenda in Planning (Michael A. Burayidi)


Part 1: Multicultural Praxis

Chapter 2: The Centrality of Liberal Democratic Institutions to a Multicultural Society (
T.L. Harper and S.M. Stein)

Chapter 3: The Incorporation of Multicultural Ethos in Urban Planning (Mohammad A. Qadeer)

Chapter 4: The Pragmatic Politics of Multicultural Democracy (John Forester and David Laws)

Chapter 5: Multicultural Planning in 21st Century Britain (Richard Gale and Huw Thomas)


Part 2: Expanding the Boundaries of the Multicultural Discourse

Chapter 6: Planning for Sexual and Gender Minorities (Petra L. Doan)

Chapter 7: Planning in Native American Reservation Communities: Sovereignty, Conflict and Political Pluralism (Nicholas C. Zaferatos)


Part 3: Planning the Inclusive City

Chapter 8: Majority-Minority Cities: What Can they Teach Us about the Future of Planning Practice? (Michael A. Burayidi and Abby Wiles)

Chapter 9: Community Planning for Immigrant Integration (Mai Thi Nguyen, Hannah Gill, and Anisha Steephen)

Chapter 10: Immigrant-Friendly Community Plans: rustbelt Efforts to Attract and Retain Immigrants (Stacy Anne Harwood and Sang S. Lee)


Part 4: Designing the Multicultural City
Chapter 11: A Targeted Approach to Planning Socially Diverse Neighborhoods (Emily Talen)

Chapter 12: The Role of Visual Arts in the Planning of Multicultural Communities (Kelly Main and James Rojas)

Chapter 13: Religious Clusters and Interfaith Dialogue (Sandeep Agrawal)

Part 5: Enhancing the Cultural Competence of Planners

Chapter 14: Negotiating Culture: Toward Greater Competency in Planning (Michael Rios)

Chapter 15: Educating Planners for a Cosmopolitan Society: A Selective Case Study of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Siddhartha Sen, Mukesh Kumar, and Sheri L. Smith)

Chapter 16: Moving the Multicultural Planning Agenda Forward (Michael A. Burayidi)

“Creating and maintaining diversity is perhaps the greatest challenge currently facing planners. Cities and the Politics of Difference explores in depth the theoretical and practical issues involved in planning for a mix of gender, ethnic, racial, and income groups in the contemporary metropolis. It is essential reading for planners and students of urban politics.”

Susan S. Fainstein, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University, and author of 'The Just City'

Cities and the Politics of Difference is a welcome addition to a burgeoning field in urbanism and urban planning. Balancing theoretical, reflective chapters with others that focus on skills development, this collection introduces readers to the complex nature of diversity, argues for the need to acknowledge and plan for it, and demonstrates how planners and policy-makers can address diversity in urban planning practice.”

Mark Seasons, School of Planning, University of Waterloo