May 18, 2011The Sociology of Urban PovertyWord of the DayGhetto: a quarter in a city, particularly slum area, inhabited by a minority group. Usually as a result of economic or social pressuresWhat accounts for the existence of racialized concentrated poverty in the U.S.?Four explanations:1.Banfield2.Murray3.Wilson4.MasseyWe are focusing on the Wilson and Massey.How did this come to be?The conventional account stresses the importance of the 1967 riots. Sugrue said these things were happening beforehand. How did Detroit go from a symbol of urban heyday to a symbol of urban crisis?Sugrue says where people live and where they work was what caused the racialization.Job Discrimination in Postwar Detroit:-Job ads often states racial preferences-decentralized hiring meant that personnel officers could act on their prejudices-occupational segregation was rampant-seniority lists were separated by department, and inter-departmental transfers were often banned
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