Won't You be My Neighbor?
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: Russell Sage Foundation
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About the Author
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Introduction: Or, Why I Love Mister Rogers
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My obsession with the racial composition of neighborhoods probably began when I was four years old. For much of my childhood (until I was fourteen), my mother and I were the only nonwhite people for miles around in the Ventura, California, neighborhood where I grew up. ...
1. Los Angeles: A Window on the Future of the Nation
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Los Angeles is one of the most racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse cities in the world. The public schools offer instruction in 92 of the 224 identified languages spoken in the county. Restaurants span the cuisines of the world, including Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Pakistani, Russian...
2. Theoretical Perspectives on the Dynamics of Racial Residential Segregation
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At the dawn of the twentieth century, W. E. B. Du Bois (1903/1990, 120–21) recognized the importance of neighborhoods—the “physical proximity of home and dwelling-places, the way in which neighborhoods group themselves, and [their] contiguity”—as primary locations for social...
3. The Economics of Housing
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The striking differences in traditional measures of social class status presented in chapter 1 lead easily to the assumption that certain groups simply lack the financial resources of other groups and therefore cannot pay as much for housing. As such, racial residential segregation would be...
4. A Racialized Housing Market?
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Race and race-related issues are a concern for most Americans, whether or not we are willing to say so openly and whether or not we are even consciously aware of these issues. Our concern is tied to both our own racial-group membership and our attitudes about and perceptions of...
5. From Racial Attitudes to Neighborhood Racial Composition Preferences
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A variety of factors shape residential decisionmaking: cost and affordability, the quality of the housing stock, preferences for particular dwelling amenities, proximity to work or other important destinations, stage in the life course, the quality of the public schools (Ellen 2000; Galster 1988). ...
6. Race and Class Aligned
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The previous chapters offer compelling evidence that racial prejudice is implicated in patterns of neighborhood segregation. Equally compelling is evidence that mere in-group preferences and (except for Asians) efforts to avoid coresidence with groups perceived as relatively disadvantaged...
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Publication Year: 2006