Inequality Found in the 'Unstudied Neighborhoods' Too
Junia Howell, a sociology professor with the University of Pittsburgh and Kinder scholar, has published a recent article in the journal Sociology Compass that exposes the "the unstudied reference neighborhood" that could contribute to a more complete understanding of inequality and marginalization.
An article by Leah Binkovitz provides insight into the implications of the study:
After naming some of the landmark pieces of neighborhood-focused research that have helped shape urban policy for decades, Howell notes, "with few exceptions, neighborhood studies only examine a small slice of urban neighborhoods." Over the years, scholars have spent time in Italian 'slums,' Puerto Rican neighborhoods and majority black neighborhoods, Howell notes, but white, middle-class neighborhoods "are rarely studied in the literature."
Repeatedly associating specific neighborhoods with inequality and marginalization, "reinforces the notion that impoverished and marginalized communities are distinct and exist in stark juxtaposition to all other communities," says Howell in a quote from the article.
As a result, scholarship suffers, policy, and public discourse. Howell discusses the implications of the article in the video below, but Binkovitz also gives a lot more to think about in the sourced article.