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A comment on "low levels of ethnic intolerance do not create large ghettos" by Michel Forsé and Maxime Parodi

Rolfe, Meredith (2010) A comment on "low levels of ethnic intolerance do not create large ghettos" by Michel Forsé and Maxime Parodi. L'année Sociologique, 60 (2). pp. 481-492. ISSN 0066-2399

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Abstract

Schelling’s model of segregation has long been considered a para-digmatic example of emergent behavior, as in the model seemingly tolerant individual choices produce complete racial segregation. The Forsé and Parodi article takes issue with both the mathematical and substantive characterization of Schelling’s model. At a mathematical level, they argue that the model’s behavior is not emergent, paradoxical, non-linear or otherwise complex. Instead, they claim that the level of segregation is a linear function of individual preferences for segregation. Substantively, Forsé and Parodi argue that tolerant individual choices do not produce segregation, and therefore that racial ghettos do not « result from innocent decisions. » While the authors identify important issues, their conclusions are potentially misleading and merit fuller discussion in light of contemporary research into segregation in particular and analytical sociology and complex social system dynamics more broadly.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.puf.com/wiki/L'Ann%C3%A9e_sociologique
Additional Information: © 2010 P.U.F.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > Management
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2011 11:31
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/38844/

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