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 12: Intersections of class, ethnicity and age: social segregation of children in the metropolitan region of Amsterdam

Willem R. Boterman


Segregation studies have been surprisingly silent about age and life course. Yet many social and ethnic inequalities are reproduced throughout the life course and intersect with age, and moreover are also highly spatialised. Drawing on individual-level register data for Amsterdam’s metropolitan area aggregated at the neighbourhood level, this contribution charts the levels of segregation of age over time and the intersections between age and migration backgrounds and income. Also, it gauges the patterns of income and ethnic segregation for different age groups of children. The chapter demonstrates that generally age segregation is not very high, but from retirement age segregation levels rise steeply. It also reveals that age segregation is highly differentiated across ethnic categories and class. This shows that some of the social and ethnic inequalities in society manifest themselves only specifically for some age groups.

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