Edited by Sako Musterd
Chapter 15: Middle-class family encounters and the role of micro-publics for cross-social interaction
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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