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Kyle Crowder Examines Patterns of Segregation

Posted: 5/29/2018 (CSDE Research)

As a whole, American metro areas have seen a decline in racial stratification since 1990 – yet some cities continue to defy this pattern. The Washington Post conducted an analysis to explore why, and they turned to CSDE Affiliate Kyle Crowder, Professor of Sociology, for context. He explained: “The separation of different racial and ethnic groups into separate social worlds means that members of different racial and ethnic groups have different lived experiences. They have different daily rounds. They’re exposed to different neighborhoods on a daily basis. Residential segregation has separated these groups by educational quality and occupational opportunity.”

Earlier this year, Crowder and co-author Maria Krysan published Cycles of Segregation, a book examines the systems that continue to reinforce residential segregation five decades following the passage of the Fair Housing Act. You can learn more about Cycles of Segregation here.

The Washington Post’s interactive analysis focuses on three cities: Washington, D.C., which has diverse suburbs; Chicago, which has legacy segregation; and Houston, which has rapidly integrated. Click below to explore the analysis in full.

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