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Challenging the myth that ‘Minorities do not want to integrate’

Nissa Finney and Ludi Simpson

in 'Sleepwalking to segregation'?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420084
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303367 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420084.003.0005
Challenging the myth that ‘Minorities do not want to integrate’

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This chapter asks whether there is a trend towards more same-ethnicity friendship groups and discusses what this can tell about desire for ethnic mixing. It considers housing aspirations of people from different ethnic groups to uncover the extent to which there is unwillingness to mix residentially. It also considers social attitudes and particularly whether there is a fear of mixing and fear of ethnic difference. It tackles the issue of whether school choice is creating ethnic segregation. It clarifies that this chapter is not disputing the need to reduce social conflict where it exists, but seeks to challenge the identification of segregation as a cause of conflict, and inward-looking retreat by minorities as a cause of segregation.

Keywords: friendship groups; ethnic mixing; housing aspirations; social attitudes; ethnic difference; school choice; ethnic segregation; social conflict

Chapter.  8638 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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