ERIC Number: ED173484
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep-26
Reference Count: 0
Preferences for Neighborhood Racial Composition. Research Report.
Galster, George C.
Racial residential segregation has been a persistent feature of the American housing market. At least three distinct theories have been presented to explain this racial segregation. The "class" theory claims that, due to disproportionate overrepresentation of blacks in lower income classes, they will be overrepresented in lower quality housing markets. The "discrimination" theory posits that blacks are excluded from white neighborhoods by such practices as whites refusing to sell to blacks, mortgage discrimination, etc. The "voluntary" theory claims that both blacks and whites prefer to live amid neighbors of the same race and thus "self-segregate" themselves into racially homogeneous neighborhoods. In order to test the third theory, research was conducted in two mid-Western cities on segregation preferences. The findings support the hypothesis that blacks prefer racially balanced integrated areas, while whites prefer all white areas. (Author/RLV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For a related document, see UD 019 553