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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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Understanding the Cultural Dynamics of Neighborhood Change

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White Flight/Black Flight

Rachael A. Woldoff

Cornell University Press

This book has explored the structural and cultural dynamics that occur in the aftermath of racial integration by focusing on the case of Parkmont. By following the neighborhood of Parkmont through two distinct phases of change, it has demonstrated the complexities of race effects in the face of neighborhood transition. It has also shown that interracial cooperation and increased agency for both the black pioneers and white stayers are positive outcomes of Parkmont's changing racial composition. The book concludes by summarising its key findings and their implications for maintaining racially integrated neighborhoods and sustaining more viable, stable black communities. It also considers why and how neighborhoods that experience white flight work the way they do in the current era of white population loss in many U.S. cities. Finally, it discusses the reasons why these neighborhoods are vulnerable to black flight.

Keywords:   racial integration, Parkmont, neighborhood transition, interracial cooperation, agency, black pioneers, white stayers, racial composition, white flight, black flight

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