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School segregation in contemporary cities: Socio-spatial dynamics, institutional context and urban outcomes

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  • Willem Boterman

    (Urban Geography, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

  • Sako Musterd

    (Urban Geography, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

  • Carolina Pacchi

    (Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

  • Costanzo Ranci

    (Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Abstract

Social and social-spatial inequality are on the rise in the Global North. This has resulted in increasing segmentation between population groups with different social and ethnic backgrounds, and in differentiated access to cultural and material assets. With these changes, the relation between segregation in the educational sphere and segregation in the residential sphere has become crucial for understanding social reproduction and intergenerational social mobility. However, knowledge about this relation is still limited. We argue that the institutional and spatial contexts are key dimensions to consider if we want to expand this knowledge. The institutional context regards the extent of public funding, the degree to which parental choice and/or geographical proximity drive school selection, the role and status of private schools and the religious and pedagogical pluralism of the educational system. The spatial context refers to the geographies of education: the ethnic and social composition of school populations and their reputations; the underlying levels and trends of residential segregation; and the spatial distribution of schools in urban space. In this introduction to the special issue we will address these interrelated dimensions, with reference to theoretical and empirical contributions from the existing body of literature; and with reference to the contributions in this special issue. School segregation emerges from the studies included in this special issue as a relevant issue, differently framed according to the institutional and spatial contexts. A comparative typology will be proposed to illustrate how school segregation is peculiarly shaped in different national and local contexts.

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  • Willem Boterman & Sako Musterd & Carolina Pacchi & Costanzo Ranci, 2019. "School segregation in contemporary cities: Socio-spatial dynamics, institutional context and urban outcomes," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 56(15), pages 3055-3073, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:urbstu:v:56:y:2019:i:15:p:3055-3073
    DOI: 10.1177/0042098019868377
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