Professor Robert J. Sampson – Harvard University
The lecture will address the paradoxes of inequality in the changing metropolis.
American cities today are simultaneously the same and different from Wilson’s classic portrayal in The Truly Disadvantaged, published just over thirty years ago. Concentrated poverty and racial segregation endure, and the dominant accounts of increasing income inequality paint a grim picture as well. But the dramatic drop in violent crime, immigration, the suburbanization of poverty, mass incarceration, technological innovation, gentrification, and other macrosocial trends have transformed the urban scene. The paradoxical result is that cities are both better and worse off. In this paper, I put forth a unifying framework on persistence and change in urban inequality, highlighting a theory of neighborhood effects and the higher-order structures that characterize the contemporary metropolis. I also present new data sources and empirical analyses. Although based mainly on the largest U.S. cities, I consider global implications.
3.20pm - 3.30pm Introduction by Jon Bannister
3.30pm - 4.30pm Presentation by Robert Sampson
4.30pm - 5.00pm Q&A
|Introduction||Jon Bannister Urban Studies Journal||10||3:20 PM|
|Presenter||Robert Sampson*, Harvard University, Explaining the Paradoxes of Inequality in the Changing Metropolis||60||3:30 PM|
|Discussant||Jon Bannister Urban Studies Journal||30||4:30 PM|
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