The Role of City Planners in Handling Cultural Diversity

By Lika Sharifi Sadeghi.

Published by The International Journal of Organizational Diversity

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While cultural diversity is increasingly becoming present in the landscape of our cities, planners and policy makers are still in hot debates over how to deal with such diversity. There are contrasting views on whether cultural diversity is essentially a threat or an opportunity to the city. This paper takes a theoretical approach by revisiting the related literature in looking at the role of urban planners in handling diversity and their contribution to accommodating difference. In this regards the main planning approaches are reviewed parallel to five common models of diversity handling policies in order to analyze the evolutionary trend of dealing with diversity through planning policies and practices. This discussion is followed by a closer look at the mostly disputed model of dealing with difference or “Multiculturalism,” its emergence as a paradigm and the main critics against it, focusing on the two aspects of multicultural planning that need to be urgently revisited.

Keywords: Cultural Diversity, Planning, Multiculturalism, Diversity Handling Policies

The International Journal of Organizational Diversity, Volume 15, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.25-37. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: September 4, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 438.006KB)).

Lika Sharifi Sadeghi

Ph.D Candidate, Institute for European Urban Studies, Faculty of Architecture, Bauhaus University Weimar, Weimar, Thueringen, Germany