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The Dynamics of Racial Residential Segregation

Camille Zubrinsky Charles
Annual Review of Sociology
Vol. 29 (2003), pp. 167-207
Published by: Annual Reviews
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30036965
Page Count: 41
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Abstract

The publication of American Apartheid (Massey & Denton 1993) was influential in shifting public discourse back toward racial residential segregation as fundamental to persisting racial inequality. At the end of the twentieth century, the majority of blacks remained severely segregated from whites in major metropolitan areas. Due to the persistence of high-volume immigration, Hispanic and Asian segregation from whites has increased, although it is still best characterized as moderate. This review examines trends in the residential segregation of blacks, Hispanics, and Asians and recent research focused on understanding the causes of persisting segregation. This discussion is organized around two broad theoretical perspectives-spatial assimilation and place stratification. After detailing the consequences of segregation for affected groups, I identify gaps in our understanding and goals for future research.

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