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Paradoxes of Segregation: Urban migration in Europe
This research presents an international comparative panorama on ethnic residential segregation and spatial concentration across Western European cities. It examines the diversity of segregation patterns across cities and within each city, and seeks to isolate driving structural mechanisms, processes and changes. In particular, it looks at the different spatial and social forms in which ethnic residential segregation presents itself and the different ways in which residential marginalisation takes place in some European cities. Paradoxes of segregation are identified, since low levels of spatial segregation often indicate high levels of social segregation and viceversa. However, as explored along the book, these are not paradoxical phenomena; the nature of segregation is rooted in the multiple ways in which state-market nexus and welfare redistributive mechanisms are embedded in the current housing and urban regimes, and entangled with strategies of urban growth and renewal. The cases challenge the assumption that spatial segregation equates to social segregation, and that social segregation is primarily driven by inevitable forces (e.g. market dynamics, polarization processes driven by globalization and restructuring), thus adding to the fertile European focus on production of inequality and division of space, and the construction of a more pertinent European corpus of references on segregation.
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