Handbook of Urban Segregation
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Handbook of Urban Segregation

Edited by Sako Musterd

The Handbook of Urban Segregation scrutinises key debates on spatial inequality in cities across the globe. It engages with multiple domains, including residential places, public spaces and the field of education. In addition it tackles crucial group-dimensions across race, class and culture as well as age groups, the urban rich, middle class, and gentrified households. This timely Handbook provides a key contribution to understanding what urban segregation is about, why it has developed, what its consequences are and how it is measured, conceptualised and framed.
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Chapter 9: Racial and economic segregation in the US: overlapping and reinforcing dimensions

Paul A. Jargowsky


With respect to residential segregation, race has been the primary sorting mechanism in the United States. Declines in racial segregation since the peak in 1970 have led some authors to declare “the end of the segregated century.” This chapter disputes that characterization, providing a careful review of the level and trends in racial segregation and its relation to economic segregation, which is in fact growing over time. Racial and economic segregation are dynamically related and vary widely among regions and specific metropolitan areas, in part due to different policies regarding land use and zoning. From a theoretical perspective, this chapter argues that segregation should be analyzed from the perspective of the access of minority and disadvantaged individuals to the resources and opportunities of the majority group.

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