The link between residential segregation and racial inequality is well established, so it would seem that greater equality would prevail in integrated neighborhoods. But as Sarah Mayorga-Gallo argues, multiethnic and mixed-income neighborhoods still harbor the signs of continued, systemic racial inequalities. Drawing on deep ethnographic and other innovative research from "Creekside Park," a pseudonymous suburban community in Durham, North Carolina, Mayorga-Gallo demonstrates that the proximity of white, African American, and Latino neighbors does not ensure equity; rather, proximity and equity are in fact subject to structural-level processes of stratification. Behind the White Picket Fence shows how contemporary understandings of diversity are not necessarily rooted in equity or justice but instead can reinforce white homeowners' race and class privilege; ultimately, good intentions and a desire for diversity alone do not challenge structural racial, social, and economic disparities. This book makes a compelling case for how power and privilege are reproduced in daily interactions and calls on readers to question commonsense understandings of space and inequality in order to better understand how race functions in multiethnic America.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm
An interesting study that unpacks the challenges of integration and its meaning in neighborhoods populated by diverse social and racial groups.--Journal of American Ethnic History
A timely addition to the literature on residential segregation and integration....This book will undoubtedly become a necessary point of reference within and outside academia.--Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Mayorga-Gallo offers a deeper understanding of diversity in this thought-provoking ethnographic study." --CHOICE