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New Methods for Measuring and Analyzing Segregation

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  • This open access book introduces new perspectives for interpreting and evaluating segregation indices

  • Clarifies the connections between segregation and group differences in residential outcomes

  • Gives researchers the new option of estimating segregation index scores using models of individual residential attainments

Part of the book series: The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis (PSDE, volume 42)

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxv
  2. Introduction and Goals

    • Mark Fossett
    Pages 1-10Open Access
  3. Alternative Formulas for Selected Indices

    • Mark Fossett
    Pages 11-17Open Access
  4. Overview of the “Difference of Means” Framework

    • Mark Fossett
    Pages 19-26Open Access
  5. Difference of Means Formulations for Selected Indices

    • Mark Fossett
    Pages 27-44Open Access
  6. Index Differences in Registering Area Group Proportions

    • Mark Fossett
    Pages 45-56Open Access
  7. Empirical Relationships Among Indices

    • Mark Fossett
    Pages 57-75Open Access
  8. Distinctions Between Displacement and Separation

    • Mark Fossett
    Pages 77-116Open Access
  9. Unifying Micro-level and Macro-level Analyses of Segregation

    • Mark Fossett
    Pages 139-179Open Access
  10. Index Bias and Current Practices

    • Mark Fossett
    Pages 211-236Open Access
  11. New Options for Understanding and Dealing with Index Bias

    • Mark Fossett
    Pages 237-255Open Access
  12. Final Comments

    • Mark Fossett
    Pages 281-284Open Access
  13. Back Matter

    Pages 285-334

About this book

This book is open access under a CC BY-NC 2.5 license.

This book introduces new methods for measuring and analyzing residential segregation.  It begins by placing all popular segregation indices in the “difference of group means” framework wherein index scores can be obtained as simple differences of group means on individual-level residential attainments scored from area racial composition.  Drawing on the insight that in this framework index scores are additively determined by individual residential attainments, the book shows that the level of segregation in a given city can be equated to the effect of group membership (e.g., race) on individual residential attainments.  This unifies separate research traditions in the field by joining the analysis of segregation at the aggregate level with the analysis of residential attainments for individuals.  Next it shows how segregation analysis can be extended by using multivariate attainment models to assess the impact of group membership (i.e., the level of segregation for a city) while including controls for other relevant individual characteristics (e.g., income, education, language, nativity, etc.).  It then illustrates how one can use these models to quantitatively assess the extent to which segregation traces to impacts of group membership on residential attainments versus other factors such as group differences in income.  The book then shows how micro-level attainment models can be used to study macro-level variation in segregation; specifically, by estimating multi-level models of individual residential attainments to assess how the effect of group membership (i.e., segregation index scores) vary with city characteristics.  Finally, the book introduces refined versions of popular indices that are free of the vexing problem of upward bias.  This improves the quality of segregation measurement directly at the level of individual cases and expanding the number of cases that can be safely included in empirical studies.  

Keywords

  • Demographic techniques
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Residential segregation
  • Residential attainment
  • Index bias
  • Uneven distribution
  • Open Access
  • landscape/regional and urban planning

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA

    Mark Fossett

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Softcover Book USD 54.99
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