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From the guttermost to the uttermost and back

Greed, Clara

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This article comprises an auto-ethnography of my life’s journey: I entered town planning fifty years ago and am now over seventy. It is a personal testimony of how my social class, gender, religion, education, personal characteristics, family and inner-city background contributed to mutual incomprehension, and not being taken seriously by the planning profession. Planning policies often appear to be based upon an impersonal and generalised view of different social classes and urban areas. Planners need to give greater attention to the embodied and material nature of lived urban experiences, especially in relation to women’s needs, class, ethnicity and bodily characteristics.


Greed, C. (2022). From the guttermost to the uttermost and back. Town Planning Review, 93(6), 575-593.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 1, 2021
Online Publication Date May 10, 2022
Publication Date Nov 17, 2022
Deposit Date May 31, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 30, 2023
Journal Town Planning Review
Print ISSN 0041-0020
Electronic ISSN 1478-341X
Publisher Liverpool University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 93
Issue 6
Pages 575-593
Keywords Women in planning; social class; inner-city policy; ethnicity and planning; ethnography; materiality of urban situation; toilets; religion
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