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White Flight/Black FlightThe Dynamics of Racial Change in an American Neighborhood$
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Rachael A. Woldoff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449185

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449185.001.0001

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Black Flight

Black Flight

Consequences of Neighborhood Cultural Conflict

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White Flight/Black Flight

Rachael A. Woldoff

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how black flight has transformed Parkmont, with particular emphasis on the changes that have occurred in the community as the second wave of black residents has begun to replace the pioneers. It considers how black pioneers differ from black second wavers as well as the distinct circumstances of each group's arrival in Parkmont. It also discusses the nature of the cultural conflicts that have emerged between the two groups, along with the ways in which strained neighbor relations over daily disturbances can give rise to neighborhood dissatisfaction and mobility thoughts among even the most dedicated residents. The chapter shows that the second wave of blacks are seen as a neighborhood problem by both pioneers and white stayers, partly because they are the source of disorderly behavior, school conflict, and crime in the community.

Keywords:   black flight, Parkmont, black pioneers, black second wavers, cultural conflicts, white stayers, crime

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