Segregation by design : local politics and inequality in American cities / Jessica Trounstine.

Trounstine, Jessica [Browse]
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
1 online resource (xxiv, 262 pages)


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Segregation by Design draws on more than 100 years of quantitative and qualitative data from thousands of American cities to explore how local governments generate race and class segregation. Starting in the early twentieth century, cities have used their power of land use control to determine the location and availability of housing, amenities (such as parks), and negative land uses (such as garbage dumps). The result has been segregation - first within cities and more recently between them. Documenting changing patterns of segregation and their political mechanisms, Trounstine argues that city governments have pursued these policies to enhance the wealth and resources of white property owners at the expense of people of color and the poor. Contrary to leading theories of urban politics, local democracy has not functioned to represent all residents. The result is unequal access to fundamental local services - from schools, to safe neighborhoods, to clean water.
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Table of contents -- Acknowledgements -- Prologue -- Introduction -- Cherry hill and camden -- Contributions to existing literature -- Chapter summaries -- A theory of segregation by design -- The need for local government -- The geography of inequality -- Empirical expectations -- Important caveats -- Schools -- The intersection of race and class -- Data hurdles -- Protecting investments: segregation and the development of the metropolis -- The rise of urban america -- City spending data -- Explaining and measuring segregation -- Suburbanization 2013 -- another form of segregation -- Engineering enclaves: how local governments produce segregation -- Understanding the adoption of zoning -- Zoning generates segregation -- Living on the wrong side of the tracks: inequality in public goods provision, 1900-2013;1940 -- Jim crow and public goods inequalities -- Inequalities generated through residential segregation -- Cracks in the foundation: losing control over protected neighborhoods -- Urban renewal and segregation -- Racially contested mayoral elections -- Federal desegregation of schools and increased residential segregation -- Conclusion -- Segregation-2019;s negative consequences -- How segregation creates polarized politics -- Segregation and political polarization -- Diversity and segregation in the aggregate -- Evidence of causality -- Segregation and sewer overflows -- Conclusion -- Locking in segregation through suburban control -- Understanding the link between segregation and suburbanization -- Measuring suburbanization, a new approach -- Schools, land use regulation, and suburban segregation -- Suburban inequality -- The polarized nation that segregation built -- The effect of context -- Linking segregation and conservatism -- Empirical evidence -- Correlates of segregation -- Historical persistence of segregated neighborhoods -- Individual level conservatism -- Prejudice and policy -- Concluding thoughts and new designs -- Looking ahead -- Policy solutions -- References.
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Cambridge University Press. Political science.
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