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Race-Based Interaction Patterns: Spatial and Social Mobility

Overall impact of race-based interaction patterns in our society.

- Massey makes the point that spatial mobility is a barrier to social mobility—what is your interpretation of this concept?
- In greater detail, consider how immigration settlement and spatial assimilation contribute to these patterns.
- Do patterns of segregation differ for different minority groups?
- With this in mind, do you think that forced integration, such as busing students to increase diversity in public schools, is a viable solution?
- What should be done, if anything to decrease this spatial barrier of neighborhood in a way that is beneficial to society overall?

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Massey makes the point that spatial mobility is a barrier to social mobility—what is your interpretation of this concept?

When considering your interpretation of Massey's statement, it would be helpful to list the pros and cons of spatial mobility. Spatial mobility is heavily dependent on the economics of a population. If you examine the sub-components of economics, you will see that there are social aspects as well as socio-cultural aspects of a population that influence its behaviour.

Let me provide you with an example. A working class family from South America migrates to Canada and has made Canada their permanent home. Having lived there for over 30 years, the family no longer has a mortgage thus owning their own home in a residential area in addition to having significant retirement savings and other assets. The children completed university education and have successful jobs which would place them in a higher social class based on the recognized income level of the middle class. The problem is that those who occupy the middle class do not recognize this family as one of "them." If that family was to remigrate to South America, their social status would ...

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This solution will assist the student in discussing spatial and social mobility within minority groups. It will assist also in discussing how immigration settlement and spatial assimilation contributes to these patterns.

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