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21 OCT 2021 (THU) 19:00-20:30

Updated: May 19, 2022

Distinguished Webinar Series in Urban and Regional Research

Sponsored jointly by Department of Geography and Department of Urban Planning and Design, HKU

Meeting ID: 960 0292 9353

Password: geogdupad


Title of the talk:

The Impact of Suburbanization on Racial Segregation at a Metropolitan Scale, 1940-1970

While racial segregation in U.S. cities had reached its peak level by 1940, a new line of separation between whites and blacks emerged as a result of massive suburbanization in the next three decades. As a result, studies that focused entirely on central cities in this period missed major structural changes in urbanization. Urban scholars always have to be attentive to the actual scale at which place-based inequality is created and reproduced. The same kinds of rescaling issues arise in China today, as urban development has become predominantly suburban. At an even larger scale, the divide within metropolitan areas between local residents and migrants is rooted in a more fundamental regional divide between urban and rural China. In all societies, conditions beyond the city limits are becoming increasingly crucial for the study of the city.


Professor John LOGAN

Department of Sociology, Brown University

John Logan is Professor of Sociology at Brown University. He completed his PhD in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1974. Before coming to Brown he was Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Administration at the University at Albany, SUNY; Director of the Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research; and Director of the Urban China Research Network. From 2004 through 2016 he served at Brown as Director of the research initiative on Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences. Dr. Logan is co-author, along with Harvey Molotch, of Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place. His most recent edited book, Diversity and Disparities, was published by Russell Sage Foundation in 2015. His main ongoing research uses contemporary and historical census data to study changes in residential patterns with a particular emphasis on immigrants and racial minorities.



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