Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tim Iglesias: Two Competing Concepts of Residential Integration

Tim Iglesias (USF Law) has just published "Two Competing Concepts of Residential Integration" in Social Equity in a Time of Change: A Critical 21st Century Social Movement, edited by Richard Greggory Johnson III.  The abstract is available at SSRN and reproduced below:   

This book chapter identifies two popular--but competing--concepts of residential integration, demonstrates their distinct practical consequences, and calls for a frank conversation among social equity activists regarding which concept do we want to pursue. 

One concept, dubbed the “traditional integration model,” concerns the nature or quality of a community. It focuses on the complexion of a community as a geographical unit and the social relationships among members of different income groups or racial groups within it. This concept asks: Who lives there and how do they relate to each other? 
The second concept, “the individual access to the opportunity structure model,” focuses on how the physical location of a household relates to the opportunity structure of a community (e.g. good schools, good jobs, decent shopping, healthy neighborhoods). The primary focus of this model is maximizing the access of new residents to opportunities so that they can improve their lives. It does not inquire into the relationships among the members of the households who live in a community, but rather on the economic and social success of the individuals and families.

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