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How Segregated Are Middle-Class African Americans?

Richard D. Alba, John R. Logan and Brian J. Stults
Social Problems
Vol. 47, No. 4 (Nov., 2000), pp. 543-558
DOI: 10.2307/3097134
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3097134
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How Segregated Are Middle-Class African Americans?
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Abstract

The prevailing opinion in the sociological literature is that middle-class blacks are almost as segregated from whites as are poor blacks. We re-examine this view, using a multivariate, locational-attainment approach in place of a segregation-index one. Controlling for a variety of socioeconomic characteristics, we find that middle-income, suburban African Americans live in neighborhoods with many more whites than do poor, inner-city blacks. But their neighborhoods are not the same as those of whites having the same socioeconomic characteristics; and, in particular, middle-class blacks tend to live with white neighbors who are less affluent than they are. While, in a significant sense, they are less segregated than poor blacks, race still powerfully shapes their residential options.

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