“Segregation and the making of the underclass”: From american apartheid (1993)

Douglas S. Massey, Nancy A. Denton

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If policymakers, scholars, and the public have been reluctant to acknowledge segregation’s persistence, they have likewise been blind to its consequences for American blacks. Residential segregation is not a neutral fact; it systematically undermines the social and economic well-being of blacks in the United States. Because of racial segregation, a significant share of black America is condemned to experience a social environment where poverty and joblessness are the norm, where a majority of children are born out of wedlock, where most families are on welfare, where educational failure prevails, and where social and physical deterioration abound. Through prolonged exposure to such an environment, black chances for social and economic success are drastically reduced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Urban Sociology Reader, Second Edition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781136244155
ISBN (Print)9780415665308
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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