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Residential Segregation 50 Years After The Fair Housing Act

Fifty years ago the federal government drew a line in the sand over housing discrimination by  enacting the Fair Housing Act. But how much has it really changed the housing landscape over the decades? After all, Chicago is still known as one of the most segregated cities.

The problem of housing discrimination goes beyond the city’s borders, in other municipalities where residential segregation remains unchanged. The new book, Cycle of Segregation: Social Processes and Residential Stratification argues that housing segregation has become a self perpetuating cycle because of forces like people’s everyday experiences and social networks, despite laws in place that are meant to combat discrimination and segregation. 

Morning Shift discusses how those forces contribute to the problem and pose some solutions.  


Maria Krysan and Kyle Crowder, sociologists and authors of Cycle of Segregation: Social Processes and Residential Stratification 

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