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Curriculum Vitae

Negative Spaces: The Influence of White Unfamiliarity and Avoidance on Segregation in the 21st Century (2017)

Michael Bader Presented at the Rice University, Houston, Texas.


Racial segregation continues to be a problem in most U.S. metropolitan areas. I argue that the reasons for continued segregation have transformed since the Civil Rights legislation of the 1960s passed. Rather than being based on racist actions such as white flight or housing discrimination, racial segregation at the turn of the 21st century represents the effect of whites being unaware of, and unwilling to consider moving to, neighborhoods with more than a token number of black, Latino, or Asian residents. I draw an analogy to the artistic concept of "negative space" to explain how white inaction perpetuates racial segregation by tracing micro-level perceptions of place affect housing searches that, in aggregate, influence macro-level patterns of neighborhood racial change and metropolitan segregation. Throughout, I will demonstrate how I have used computational tools to study and disseminate my research on the topic.

Files. The following files are associated with this article.

  • BaderNegativeSpaceSlides
    (The slides presented at talk to Data Science Initiative at Rice University on January 10, 2017)