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Racial Inequality in America’s Neighborhoods

NYU School of Social Work

In the new book, Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress Toward Racial Equality, Dr. Patrick Sharkey, an associate professor of sociology at New York University, explores what he calls some of the most persistent forms of racial inequality.

From gaps in income to academic test scores, he looks at race and neighborhoods over multiple generations.

“We have to look at the environment in which black and white Americans spend their lives and when you do that you see a different form of inequality. And it really changes, it should change, the way that we think about racial inequality because even when families have similar economic status, similar levels of income and wealth, African-American families live in much more disadvantaged neighborhoods than whites.”

Dr. Sharkey delivers a public lecture on this topic Tuesday afternoon, at the University of Pittsburgh Center on Race and Social Problems.