ERIC Number: ED396036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Multicultural Population of New York City: A Socioeconomic Profile of the Mosaic.
Rivera-Batiz, Francisco L.
Specific demographic changes that occurred in the New York City metropolitan area during the 1980s are described, and the challenges and opportunities facing the city in the 1990s are explored. The 1980s saw the greatest increase in the diversity of the city in its history, but sharp inequality, running along racial and ethnic lines, persists in spite of increasing diversity. This inequality has resulted in a polarization by race, and to some extent, ethnicity, that can be seen in the high occurrence of residential segregation. The persistence of residential segregation and the rise of the underclass have severe intergenerational consequences. These two phenomena conspire to perpetuate educational segregation. Many city communities are permeated by the underclass, and are poorest in resources and quality. Coupling increased educational requirements of the economy with the deteriorating educational achievement of the poorest city residents has worsened the income of racial and ethnic minorities. The challenge of the 1990s is to correct this spiral and lessen educational and economic gaps. By focusing directly on raising educational levels, while removing the bias in employment, the economic situation of disadvantaged ethnic and racial minorities can be directly improved. (Contains 14 tables and 53 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Attainment, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Ethnicity, Low Income Groups, Lower Class, Minority Groups, Profiles, Racial Differences, Racial Segregation, Residential Patterns, Socioeconomic Status, Urban Areas
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Inst. for Urban and Minority Education.
Identifiers: New York (New York)