Eviction and the Reproduction of Urban Poverty1

@article{Desmond2012EvictionAT,
  title={Eviction and the Reproduction of Urban Poverty1},
  author={Matthew Desmond},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  year={2012},
  volume={118},
  pages={88 - 133}
}
  • Matthew Desmond
  • Published 1 July 2012
  • Sociology, History
  • American Journal of Sociology
Combining statistical and ethnographic analyses, this article explores the prevalence and ramifications of eviction in the lives of the urban poor. A quantitative analysis of administrative and survey data finds that eviction is commonplace in inner-city black neighborhoods and that women from those neighborhoods are evicted at significantly higher rates than men. A qualitative analysis of ethnographic data based on fieldwork among evicted tenants and their landlords reveals multiple mechanisms… 

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