Challenging the myth that ‘Britain is becoming a country of ghettos’

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:
Challenging the myth that ‘Britain is becoming a country of ghettos’

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This chapter turns directly to the myths of spatial segregation. It clarifies recent debate by demonstrating that there are no ghettos in Britain. It notes that evidence shows an increase in the number of mixed areas at the same time that the size of minority populations is growing. It challenges the idea of ‘white flight’, and the fundamental assumption that residential separation is a problem. It shows that residential clustering is a result of neither White flight nor minority retreat, but much more benign demographic change, mostly non-racial in character. It asks, what is residential segregation and how does it come about? Is it bad? To what extent does White flight exist? Is segregation so accentuated in some areas in Britain that one may fairly name them ghettos? Does segregation lead to isolation and poverty?

Keywords: spatial segregation; ghettos; Britain; white flight; residential separation; residential clustering; minority retreat; demographic change

Chapter.  9143 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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