Handbook of Urban Geography
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Handbook of Urban Geography

Edited by Tim Schwanen and Ronald van Kempen

This collection brings together the latest thinking in urban geography. It provides a comprehensive overview of topical issues and draws on experiences from across the world. Chapters have been prepared by leading researchers in the field and cover themes as diverse as urban economies, inequalities and diversity, conflicts and politics, ecology and sustainability, and information technologies. The Handbook offers a valuable resource for students and researchers interested in cities and the urban in geography and across the wider social sciences.
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Chapter 17: Segregation: a multi-contextual and multi-faceted phenomenon in stratified societies

Masayoshi Oka and David W. S. Wong


Segregation is one form of stratification in a society, and is a complex phenomenon resulted from multiple societal forces at work. In this chapter, we highlight the pervasiveness of segregation across different socio-geographical spaces and between population groups classified according to socio-demographic characteristics. We review some issues related to the measurement of segregation, particularly the inability of traditional measures in capturing the spatial nature of segregation. Using data from two cities in the United States, we demonstrate how the local spatial isolation index (SIi) can be used to assess the interplay between racial-ethnic and socio-economic groups at the neighbourhood (or local) level. Analyzing relationships between these population groups can provide valuable information toward the understanding of the complexity of segregation in today’s increasingly stratified societies.

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