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American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass

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This powerful and disturbing book clearly links persistent poverty among blacks in the United States to the unparalleled degree of deliberate segregation they experience in American cities.

American Apartheid shows how the black ghetto was created by whites during the first half of the twentieth century in order to isolate growing urban black populations. It goes on to show that, despite the Fair Housing Act of 1968, segregation is perpetuated today through an interlocking set of individual actions, institutional practices, and governmental policies. In some urban areas the degree of black segregation is so intense and occurs in so many dimensions simultaneously that it amounts to "hypersegregation."

The authors demonstrate that this systematic segregation of African Americans leads inexorably to the creation of underclass communities during periods of economic downturn. Under conditions of extreme segregation, any increase in the overall rate of black poverty yields a marked increase in the geographic concentration of indigence and the deterioration of social and economic conditions in black communities. As ghetto residents adapt to this increasingly harsh environment under a climate of racial isolation, they evolve attitudes, behaviors, and practices that further marginalize their neighborhoods and undermine their chances of success in mainstream American society. This book is a sober challenge to those who argue that race is of declining significance in the United States today.

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This powerful and disturbing book clearly links persistent poverty among blacks in the United States to the unparalleled degree of deliberate segregation they experience in American cities.

Synopsis:

This volume brings together leading researchers from the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe to explore the processes that lead to segregation and the outcomes and implications that result. Making use of new methods and data sources that offer fresh perspectives on segregation in different contexts, the book considers how the spatial patterning of segregation might be best understood and measured.

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significance in the United States today.

About the Author

Christopher D. Lloyd is a senior lecturer in geography at the University of Liverpool.
Ian Shuttleworth is a senior lecturer in geography and the director of the NILS-RSU at Queen's University Belfast.
David W. Wong is professor of geography at the University of Hong Kong and at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Missing Link

2. The Construction of the Ghetto

3. The Persistence of the Ghetto

4. The Continuing Causes of Segregation

5. The Creation of Underclass Communities

6. The Perpetuation of the Underclass

7. The Failure of Public Policy

8. The Future of the Ghetto

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674018211
With:
Denton, Nancy A.
Author:
Denton, Nancy A.
Author:
Shuttleworth, Ian.
Author:
Massey, Douglas S.
Author:
Massey, Douglas
Author:
Lloyd, Christopher D.
Author:
Denton, Nancy
Author:
Wong, David W.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
History
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Minority group studies
Subject:
Segregation
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
United States Social policy.
Subject:
United States Race relations.
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Subject:
Demography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
July 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 line illustration, 22 tables
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 12 oz

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This volume brings together leading researchers from the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe to explore the processes that lead to segregation and the outcomes and implications that result. Making use of new methods and data sources that offer fresh perspectives on segregation in different contexts, the book considers how the spatial patterning of segregation might be best understood and measured.
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