Authors: Joe Darden*, Michigan State University, Ron Malega*, Missouri State University
Topics: Urban Geography, Ethnicity and Race, Social Geography
Keywords: Black-White Residential Segregation , Metropolitan Detroit, Socioeconomic neighborhood inequality
Session Type: Paper
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Studio 8, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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ABSTRACT: Although research has been done by social scientists on the inability of blacks to use income, like whites, to purchase a home or to rent an apartment in a less disadvantaged neighborhood, we argue that most past researchers have been limited in the variables they have used to characterize neighborhoods. Most researchers have overwhelmingly used a single variable—median income. We argue that a single variable is not sufficient to capture the life experiences of children and adults in neighborhoods. By including multiple variables and a Composite Socioeconomic Index to characterize neighborhoods, our approach provides a more realistic assessment of the differences blacks and whites experience in separate and unequal neighborhoods, even though they may have similar incomes. Thus, different neighborhoods have different social and economic consequences for black and white residents.