Course Description for Race, Place and Inequality
Race, Place and Inequality
Description: This course will examine place as a dimension of stratification in the United States. Increasingly, the places where we live shape our life chances: they determine the quality of schools we will attend, our access to economic opportunity, and even the cleanliness of the air we breathe. While all U.S. citizens are ostensibly free to choose their place of residence, we find that in actuality access to place is highly segregated both economically and racially, and that these two facets of stratification intertwine. Understanding the processes that lead to place stratification, and the means by which places produce or reproduce different life chances, is central to understanding inequality in the U.S.