, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 93–109

How low can it go? declining black-white segregation in A multiethnic context

  • Lauren J. Krivo
  • Robert L. Kaufman
Racial and ethnic inequality

DOI: 10.2307/2648136

Cite this article as:
Krivo, L.J. & Kaufman, R.L. Demography (1999) 36: 93. doi:10.2307/2648136


We extend research on whites’ neighborhood contact with blacks, population composition, and prospects for desegregation by developing a new measure of the floor of racial residential segregation under conditions of low black-white contact. The measure incorporates the way in which multi ethnic contexts further constrain levels of black-white segregation. The results show that black-white desegregation is likely when the black population is small, but is unlikely otherwise. Yet, when multiple ethnic groups are sufficiently large, a moderate level of black-white segregation is necessary for whites to maintain low neighborhood contact with blacks, even when the proportion of African Americans is small.

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© Population Association of America 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lauren J. Krivo
    • 1
  • Robert L. Kaufman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyOhio State UniversityColumbus