American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass

  title={American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass},
  author={Douglas S. Massey},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={329 - 357}
  • D. Massey
  • Published 1 September 1990
  • Economics
  • American Journal of Sociology
This article argues that racial segregation is crucial to explaining the emergence of the urban underclass during the 1970s. A strong interaction between rising rates of poverty and high levels of residential segregation explains where, why and in which groups the underclass arose. This argument is developed with simulations that replicate the economic conditions observed among blacks and whites in metropolitan areas during the 1970s but assume different conditions of racial and class… 

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