Segregation and De-segregation in Metropolitan Contexts: Los Angeles as a Paradigm for a Changing Ethnic World
2014 (English)Report (Other academic)
The residential changes in the Los Angeles metropolitan area can be seen as a metaphor for the kinds of changes which are occurring and will continue to accelerate in the large metropolitan areas of the United States and global cities more generally. New immigrants are changing the ethnic patterns of neighborhoods and communities, and the old patterns of black white segregation are increasingly a picture of the past. In this paper we use a variant of a nearest neighbor approach to map, graph and evaluate the likelihood of individuals meeting other similar race individuals or of meeting individuals of a different race or ethnicity. The research provides evidence that segregation is decreasing between some groups, increasing between others and that the distribution of mixed race individuals is a growing part of the story about residential ethnic patterns. In a series of maps of both homogeneity and heterogeneity the research shows how the metropolitan areas, represented in this case by Los Angeles, are now patterns of complex living arrangements with multiple groups inhabiting both local neighborhoods and wider community spheres. In this study we identify emerging mixed neighborhoods of different types. Some neighborhoods are disadvantaged in terms of income and employment others are among the most advantaged in the Los Angeles area. Overall the picture is one of growing complexity in the patterns of racial and ethnic groups.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Sociologiska institutionen, Demografiska enheten , 2014. , 51 p.
Stockholm Research Reports in Demography, ISSN 0281-8728 ; 2014:16
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112279OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-112279DiVA: diva2:778620