cultural competency

“Silence is Not Consent”: Plantation, Poison and the Politics of Planning for Urban Agriculture in Boston.

Urban agriculture has enjoyed a near meteoric rise in popularity in recent years. Projects began mostly through the grassroots efforts of non-profit organizations, but now urban planners and many city officials are also very interested in its interlinked economic, social, health and environmental benefits.

By | 2018-01-30T18:00:10+00:00 December 20th, 2014|Just Sustainabilities|0 Comments

Cultural competency: Towards culturally inclusive practice.

In my April 2012 blog post Cities of (in)Difference, I quoted Bloomfield and Bianchini (2002) and Sandercock (2003) on their visionary and transformative thoughts about the shift towards interculturalism. Like Amin (2002), Tully (1995) argues that our societies are intercultural rather than multicultural because of the cross-cultural overlap, interaction, and negotiation — the “politics of recognition” — that occurs out of necessity in the formation of our society. This is what Amin (2002 p 960) [...]

By | 2012-08-14T14:30:52+00:00 August 14th, 2012|Just Sustainabilities|0 Comments

Cities of (in)Difference?

Cities of difference (Fincher and Jacobs 1998) are places where we are “in the presence of otherness” (Sennett 1990 p123) — namely, our increasingly different, diverse, and culturally heterogeneous urban areas.  Yet as I travel around the world I see token, or very little recognition, understanding of, and engagement with this difference, diversity, and cultural heterogeneity in creative and productive ways. Moreover, I've seen no examples which could be said to be capable of fundamentally transforming civic institutions, [...]

By | 2012-04-13T17:03:36+00:00 April 13th, 2012|Just Sustainabilities|0 Comments