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An inquiry into the economics and ethics of residential integration

Brown, Kevin J. (2012) An inquiry into the economics and ethics of residential integration. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This thesis is an inquiry into the economics and ethics of residential integration. Efforts to integrate otherwise segregated black and white households in the United States over the last 40 years has been met with legitimate skepticism. Primarily, there is an absence of evidence as it relates to whether neighborhoods cause disadvantage (neighborhood effects) in addition to a lack of evidence related to whether “mixing” actually produces adequate social benefits for those being moved or for society as a whole. I intend to move the conversation forward by presenting two additional considerations. First, in the economic paradigm, it is useful to explore the issue of segregation through what has been described as adverse impacts occurring in the wake of a market failure (“subprime financial crisis”). Second, there are ethical considerations relevant to the integration discussion that offer new norms by which to engage and advance our approach to residential integration and endeavors to mix. This thesis makes a contribution to knowledge by explicating these two points and ultimately providing a more morally capacious evaluative framework by which to appraise this complex social issue.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Residential Integration, Segregation, Economics, Ethics, Rawls, Social Integration
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Supervisor's Name: Clague, Dr. Julie
Date of Award: 2012
Depositing User: Kevin Brown
Unique ID: glathesis:2012-3138
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2012
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 14:04
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/3138

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