ASOC 3-6 - ASOC 3/6/08 Massey and Denton "The...

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ASOC 3/6/08 Massey and Denton “The Continuing Causes of Segregation” - Is segregation due to economic difference? Race vs. Class debate o Massey and Denton believe that race matters more than class when it comes to residential segregation. In northern cities, blacks, regardless of income backgrounds, remain highly segregated from whites. Families earning $2500 per year experience just as much segregation as those earning $50,000 Could it be that affluent blacks are not well informed about housing opportunities in white neighborhoods? Not so according to one study blacks were quite knowledgeable about housing in white areas. Poorest Hispanics is less segregated than wealthiest blacks. Hispanic and Asian segregation generally begins at a modest level (50-60) and declines as their income rises. o Is segregation due to black preference for separation with whites? Blacks favor integration and believe that they should be able to move wherever they can afford to regardless of skin color. For the majority, the ideal neighborhood is half-black and half-
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ASOC 3-6 - ASOC 3/6/08 Massey and Denton "The...

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