chapter  8
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Managing Discourses of Religious Diversity

In a critique of work on sustainable cities, David Thorns notes that certain dominant approaches to urban sustainability share a common fault with the early writers of the Chicago School of urban theorists. The Chicago School, Thorns states, advocated a model ‘based on plant ecology and the impersonal competition of the land market’. The explanations they offered for the structure of the city, therefore, ‘was largely a result of unconscious processes focussed on biological or psychological rather than social or political processes’ (2002, 216). As I draw on the same metaphor of ‘urban ecology’ in my title then it might be assumed that I could be accused of the same fault.