1st Edition

Race, Faith and Planning in Britain

By Richard Gale, Huw Thomas Copyright 2021
    166 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Race, Faith and Planning in Britain adopts a Critical Race Theory perspective to analyse and discuss challenges of planning in contemporary multi-ethnic Britain. Exploring how planning is affected by and affects the racialisation of social relations, this book charts the history of the UK planning system’s approach, in terms of the spatial consequences of immigration, and discourses of diversity, cohesion, citizenship and belonging.

    Authors Richard Gale and Huw Thomas pay special attention to the experiences of minority groups in Britain, including Gypsies and Travellers, and British Muslims. They underline that the struggle over planning in racialised societies must be construed as part of a wider political struggle over equality. This book is an essential read for students and practitioners of planning in multi-cultural contexts.

    Chapter 1: Introduction: The terrain of race and planning

    Chapter 2: Theorising ‘race’, ethnicity and culture within contemporary planning

    Chapter 3: Stubborn Continuities: A Critical Race Theory Perspective

    Chapter 4: Race, Public Policy and Planning in post-War Britain

    Chapter 5: Gypsies and Travellers and the planning system

    Chapter 6: Racialized religion and planning: The British Muslim Case

    Chapter 7: Conclusions: towards a brighter future?


    Richard Gale is a Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University. Richard has researched extensively on the relationship between ethnic and ethno-religious diversity and local authority planning. In particular, he has a longstanding interest in the relationship between planning and the spatial politics of religious minority identity, on which he has published widely over the last two decades. Richard co-led the ‘Faith and Place Network’ with Dr Andrew Rogers of the University of Roehampton and has participated in several consultancies on the theme of faith and planning, under commission to central, local and devolved governments in the UK.

    Huw Thomas is Honorary Professor in the School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen's University Belfast, and  Emeritus Reader in the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University. He has researched and written about planning in racialised societies for thirty years. His work has been published in many international journals, including Environment and Planning A; Environment and Planning C; Area; Cities; European Planning Studies; Planning Theory and Practice; Planning Practice and Research; and Town Planning Review. Other current research interests are aspects of planning theory and planning education, in which he has also published widely.