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Residential Integration on Fair Terms for the Disadvantaged

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Andrew Walton



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This article contributes to normative debates about residential segregation and its relationship to inequality. It defends a position often disregarded in literature – that there is merit to advancing residential integration through some scenarios where advantaged individuals move to disadvantaged areas. It develops this case in dialogue with three other views. In relation to advocates of addressing the inequalities of residential segregation through redistribution, it defends integration as a means of tackling social and political factors that sustain injustice. It challenges those who defend relocating disadvantaged individuals to advantaged areas by highlighting the burdens and demand for cultural assimilation this imposes on the disadvantaged. It considers the worry that advantaged individuals relocating to disadvantaged areas harbours the problematic features of gentrification. It responds that these concerns, while important in some cases, do not arise in all scenarios of this kind.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Kim HY, Walton A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Political Science

Year: 2022

Volume: 53

Issue: 2

Pages: 613-628

Print publication date: 01/04/2023

Online publication date: 20/10/2022

Acceptance date: 03/07/2022

Date deposited: 20/10/2022

ISSN (print): 0007-1234

ISSN (electronic): 1469-2112

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0007123422000412


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