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Social-spatial segregationConcepts, processes and outcomes$
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Christopher D. Lloyd, Ian G. Shuttleworth, and David W. Wong

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447301356

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447301356.001.0001

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Segregation matters, measurement matters1

Segregation matters, measurement matters1

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Social-spatial segregation
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Ron Johnston

Michael Poulsen

James Forrest

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447301356.003.0002

Segregation across neighbourhoods, schools, and workplaces, by ethnicity, age, socio-economic class and gender, for example, provides frequent material for political and social commentators - especially at times of social unrest when it (especially residential and school segregation by ethnicity and by socio-economic class) is often presented as a causal factor underpinning that situation. In order to assess just how much segregation matters, we need to be able to measure it - to assess its relative strength not only across but also within cities. Much work on the residential segregation of ethnic and other groups has provided only weak representations of the urban fabric, however, which obscures more than it reveals. Having established that case, the chapter outlines alternative approaches that provide richer descriptions of segregated contexts that have greater potential for evaluations of just how much segregation does matter.

Keywords:   segregation, measurement, comparative studies, residential patterns, neighbourhoods

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