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'Highway to Heaven': the creation of a multicultural, religious landscape in suburban Richmond, British Columbia

Dwyer, C; Tse, J; Ley, D; (2016) 'Highway to Heaven': the creation of a multicultural, religious landscape in suburban Richmond, British Columbia. Social and Cultural Geography , 17 (5) pp. 667-693. 10.1080/14649365.2015.1130848. Green open access

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Abstract

We analyse the emergence of the ‘Highway to Heaven’, a distinctive landscape of more than 20 diverse religious buildings, in the suburban municipality of Richmond, outside Vancouver, to explore the intersections of immigration, planning, multiculturalism, religion and suburban space. In the context of wider contested planning disputes for new places of worship for immigrant communities, the creation of a designated ‘Assembly District’ in Richmond emerged as a creative response to multicultural planning. However, it is also a contradictory policy, co-opting religious communities to municipal requirements to safeguard agricultural land and prevent suburban sprawl, but with limited success. The unanticipated outcomes of a designated planning zone for religious buildings include production of an agglomeration of increasingly spectacular religious facilities that exceed municipal planning regulations. Such developments are accommodated through a celebratory narrative of municipal multiculturalism, but one that fails to engage with the communal narratives of the faith communities themselves and may exoticize or commodify religious identity.

Type: Article
Title: 'Highway to Heaven': the creation of a multicultural, religious landscape in suburban Richmond, British Columbia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2015.1130848
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2015.1130848
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social & Cultural Geography on 1 February 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14649365.2015.1130848.
Keywords: Religion, multiculturalism, suburbs, religion, multiculturalisme, banlieues, religión, multiculturalismo, barrios periféricos
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1485710
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