Residential Inequality in American Neighborhoods and Communities

Penn State Stratification Conference
When Sep 12, 2014 12:00 AM to
Sep 13, 2014 12:00 AM
Where Nittany Lion Inn
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Contact Phone 814-863-4907
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Where people live reflects their position in society. This basic principle is implicit in the American Dream, which promises access to desirable homes, neighborhoods, and communities for those willing to work hard enough. As recent events remind us, however, effort alone does not guarantee fulfillment of the dream. Recession, natural disaster, and escalating (and plummeting) housing prices are but a few of the forces that have thwarted residential aspirations over the past decade. At the same time, discriminatory practices and preferences for living near others similar to oneself sustain longstanding divides by race and class.


The 20 papers to be presented at the conference by leading researchers highlight how stratification intersects with the residential landscape of the United States. Thematic sessions examine linkages between socioeconomic and ethnoracial statuses and four spatial sorting processes: segregation, locational attainment, residential mobility, and neighborhood change. State-of-the-art substantive research is featured, with many of the papers employing innovative methods or data to speak to issues of theoretical and policy importance.


This small, focused event provides an ideal venue for the lively intellectual exchange that questions about the relationship between residential and social inequality are likely to inspire. Both the conference schedule and the format of the sessions have been designed to encourage interaction among attendees.

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