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The Intergenerational Transmission of Context1
  • P. Sharkey
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • 1 January 2008
This article draws on the extensive literature on economic and social mobility in America to examine intergenerational contextual mobility, defined as the degree to which inequalities in neighborhoodExpand
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Durable effects of concentrated disadvantage on verbal ability among African-American children
Disparities in verbal ability, a major predictor of later life outcomes, have generated widespread debate, but few studies have been able to isolate neighborhood-level causes in a developmentally andExpand
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Where, When, Why, and For Whom Do Residential Contexts Matter? Moving Away from the Dichotomous Understanding of Neighborhood Effects
The literature on neighborhood effects frequently is evaluated or interpreted in relation to the question, “Do neighborhoods matter?” We argue that this question has had a disproportionate influenceExpand
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Neighborhood selection and the social reproduction of concentrated racial inequality
In this paper, we consider neighborhood selection as a social process central to the reproduction of racial inequality in neighborhood attainment. We formulate a multilevel model that decomposesExpand
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Navigating Dangerous Streets: The Sources and Consequences of Street Efficacy
The concept of street efficacy, defined as the perceived ability to avoid violent confrontations and to be safe in one's neighborhood, is proposed as a mechanism connecting aspects ofExpand
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Survival and Death in New Orleans: An Empirical Look at the Human Impact of Katrina
Hurricane Katrina has been interpreted as both a “metaphor” for the racial inequality that characterizes urban America and as a purely “natural” disaster that happened to strike a predominantly BlackExpand
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Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress toward Racial Equality
In the 1960s, many believed that the civil rights movement's successes would foster a new era of racial equality in America. Four decades later, the degree of racial inequality has barely changed. ToExpand
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High stakes in the classroom, high stakes on the street: The effects of community violence on students’ standardized test performance
This article examines the effect of exposure to violent crime on students’ standardized test performance among a sample of students in New York City public schools. To identify the effect ofExpand
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Spatial Segmentation and the Black Middle Class1
  • P. Sharkey
  • Medicine, Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • 1 January 2014
Ethnographic studies of the black middle class focus attention on the ways in which residential environments condition the experiences of different segments of the black class structure. This studyExpand
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