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'Sleepwalking to segregation'?Challenging myths about race and migration$
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Nissa Finney

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420084

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420084.001.0001

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Challenging the myth that ‘Britain is becoming a country of ghettos’

Challenging the myth that ‘Britain is becoming a country of ghettos’

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'Sleepwalking to segregation'?

Nissa Finney

Ludi Simpson

Policy Press

This chapter turns directly to the myths of spatial segregation. It clarifies recent debate by demonstrating that there are no ghettos in Britain. It notes that evidence shows an increase in the number of mixed areas at the same time that the size of minority populations is growing. It challenges the idea of ‘white flight’, and the fundamental assumption that residential separation is a problem. It shows that residential clustering is a result of neither White flight nor minority retreat, but much more benign demographic change, mostly non-racial in character. It asks, what is residential segregation and how does it come about? Is it bad? To what extent does White flight exist? Is segregation so accentuated in some areas in Britain that one may fairly name them ghettos? Does segregation lead to isolation and poverty?

Keywords:   spatial segregation, ghettos, Britain, white flight, residential separation, residential clustering, minority retreat, demographic change

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