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 15: Middle-class family encounters and the role of micro-publics for cross-social interaction

Heike Hanhörster and Sabine Weck


This chapter focuses on middle-class families living in socially mixed neighbourhoods in Germany. Discussing the micro- and meso-level conditions facilitating interactions across social groups, the chapter seeks to contribute to a better understanding of which factors intensify or reduce small-scale social segregation. The presented research findings show that inner-city neighbourhoods are home to highly diverse middle-class fractions. Encounters with difference are decisively shaped by micro-publics, ranging from public spaces to more institutionalised settings, and their role in promoting contacts across social class. When studying the level and extent of urban segregation and social disaffiliation, any analysis needs to go beyond neighbourhood composition, using a finer-grained focus.

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