School segregation in contemporary cities: social, spatial and political dynamics 1

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM (MDT)
Room: Gallier B, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Isabel Ramos Lobato, Venla Bernelius
Chairs: Venla Bernelius


In our session, we would like to explore the social, spatial and political dynamics of school segregation in different urban contexts. Education systems in many cities have been characterised by a progressive segmentation of the student population, which not only reflects the existing social and spatial differentiation in the urban population, but also inserts new forms of social segregation. On the one hand new forms of separation, based on the ethnic differentiation of the population, have been emerging. On the other, social polarisation has increased the distance and cultural segmentation between population groups with different social backgrounds and differentiated access to cultural and material assets. If social and spatial (residential) divisions have been exacerbated in many cities due to the changes of the last decades, the segmentation within the education system and the segregation in the residential sphere have become very crucial as this may hinder intergenerational upward social mobility and influence the general level of social cohesion in contemporary cities.

The background hypothesis of this session is that school segregation not only reflects existing locally-based ethnic and socio-economic residential divisions, but it may also impact on new specific forms of social and spatial differentiation, worsening the social inclusion of the most vulnerable urban social groups and increasing barriers among social groups.
Based on these assumptions, we propose a session focused on the following questions:

• What urban contexts are more conducive to school segregation?
• To what extent does school segregation reflect socially- or ethnically-based residential segregation in urban space?
• What are the specific dynamics through which school segregation has recently increased in different cities?
• How have the institutional settings of urban education systems and recent policy changes contributed to foster/prevent school segregation?
• What are the main effects of such phenomena, in terms of physical or social distance among social groups, increased inequalities in school attainment, impact on social inclusion and chances for upward social mobility of the most disadvantaged groups?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Richard Harris*, University of Bristol, Ron Johnston, University of Bristol, Is the segregation of pupils really increasing between schools in England and Wales or is it a myth? 20 12:40 PM
Presenter Willem Boterman*, University of Amsterdam, Evading egalitarianism? The segregated educational landscape of Dutch cities 20 1:00 PM
Presenter Eva Andersson*, Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, Pontus Hennerdal, Department of Human Geography, Stockholm university, Bo Malmberg, Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, The Re-Emergence of Educational Inequality during a Period of Reforms: A Study of Swedish School Leavers 1991–2012 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Isabel Ramos Lobato*, ILS - Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development, Striving for the ordinary? Segregation, parental choice and elite school avoidance in Finland and Germany 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Valerie Ledwith*, National University of Ireland, Galway, State Supported Segregation? Examining Migrant Clustering in Primary Schools in Ireland 20 2:00 PM

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