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Death in the peripheries: Planning for minority ethnic groups beyond “the City”

Beebeejaun, Yasminah; McClymont, Katie; Maddrell, Avril; Mathijssen, Brenda; McNally, Danny

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Yasminah Beebeejaun

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Katie McClymont
Associate Professor in Urban Planning

Avril Maddrell

Brenda Mathijssen

Danny McNally


“Deathscapes” constitute a growing field of research, yet the topic remains widely neglected within urban planning. In this paper, we examine the adequacy of existing provision for death, remembrance, and the disposal of body remains for ethnic minority groups living in four British towns: Huddersfield, Newport, Northampton, and Swindon. We show how the needs of ethnic minority groups are routinely peripheralized through a lack of acknowledgment of diverse cultural and religious needs. The paper argues that the failure of contemporary planning policy and practice to address the intersections between death and ethnicity has contributed to ongoing forms of exclusion from the British society.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 26, 2021
Online Publication Date Sep 24, 2021
Deposit Date Dec 8, 2021
Publicly Available Date Dec 9, 2021
Journal Journal of Planning Education and Research
Print ISSN 0739-456X
Electronic ISSN 1552-6577
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Urban Studies; Development; Geography, Planning and Development; deathscapes; race and ethnicity; governance; burial; cremation
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