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Title: Race and planning in the UK
Author: Thomas, Alan Huw
ISNI:       0000 0001 2410 5606
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2009
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This commentary identifies the main themes in the work submitted for the degree of PhD; argues for their originality and their continuing influence in the field of planning; notes the research upon which they were based and the evidence this provides of my capacity to design and conduct research projects; suggests ways in which the body of work relates to some important contemporary discussions within and outside planning. The field that the submitted work has contributed to (and, it is contended, helped define) is how planning operates in a racialised society. The work spans a period from 2000 to date. It is argued that it has retained a focus on a limited range of important themes over that period. The three themes identified are : 1. How do planners understand the implications of planning in a racialised society, and what links do they make between other policy areas and their own work 2. The need for a non-essentialist conception of race and ethnicity, and the way these can be understood in relation to the social construction of space. 3. Given that the answer to question 1 is disappointing, how might the practice of planning be improved Among the key debates that the submitted work is related to are critical race theory, those surrounding multi-culturalism and multi-faith societies, and the increasing significance for public policy of acknowledging diversity.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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