John Logan – The Persistence of Segregation in the 21st Century American Metropolis

Event Date: 12 June 2013
Room 532, Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research presents:

The Persistence of Segregation in the 21st Century American Metropolis

Speaker: Professor John Logan (Brown)

Segregation is increasingly central to British and European discussions about ethnicity, integration and place. What can we learn from America, which has a longer history of immigration and residential segregation? Professor John Logan, one of America’s foremost experts on historical and contemporary patterns of American segregation, references a current American debate in which some claim we are at the “end” of a century of segregation. Professor Logan explains why he believes this is erroneous. He also places this debate in the context of the experience of European immigrant groups in American cities a century earlier. Professor Logan contrasts these European immigrants’ eventual spatial assimilation with contemporary America, where relatively strong and enduring ethnic boundaries divide the major ethno-racial groups.

John Logan is Professor of Sociology at Brown University. He is Principal Investigator for US2010, a project supported by the Russell Sage Foundation to analyze trends in American society that are revealed by the most recent data sources, including Census 2010 ( He has also undertaken studies of neighborhood change and individual mobility in U.S. cities in the period 1880-1920, and today. Before coming to Brown he was Director of the Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research. Professor Logan is co-author, along with Harvey Molotch, of Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place (University of California, 2007).

Introduction by Professor Eric Kaufman (Birkbeck).





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