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Spring 2023 CAPE-JWG Meeting 2
Kanika Khanna, PhD candidate in the Department of Governemnt at Cornell University, will present ongoing research on residential segregation and racial inequality:

Title: Mixed Company: Conceptualizing Integration and its Implications

Abstract: Segregation is the separation of racial, ethnic, and income groups from one another. Often in the United States, it is predominately discussed as the separation between white and Black people, although more broadly categorized as white and all communities of color. The implication of racial residential segregation as both a political and policy problem has historically been due to its causes; because segregation is considered “product of force, coercion, or constrained choices,” (Ellen and Steil 2019) the notions attached to the concept are intrinsically problematic. Indeed, concerns over modern day segregation stem from interdisciplinary work noting that spatial separation of groups via one characteristic leads to further social, political, and economic separation, perpetuating continuous inequality on both racial and economic grounds. Because of this political and policy-oriented urgency, calls for racial residential integration have increased over time, as a way to combat the inequities segregation perpetuates. Yet integration is a more nebulous concept. Although widely understood to encompass the cohabitation of multiracial and ethnic individuals in one area, there is no consensus on what the racial and cultural composition qualifies as a “truly” integrated neighborhood. This paper conceptually maps the varied definitions of integration, in an attempt to glean commonalities amongst disparate views of the practice.

Feb 15, 2023 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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