Ethnic segregation in cities: New forms and explanations in a dynamic world

van Kempen R., Ozuekren A.

URBAN STUDIES, vol.35, no.10, pp.1631-1656, 1998 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/0042098984088
  • Title of Journal : URBAN STUDIES
  • Page Numbers: pp.1631-1656


As an introduction to this special issue on ethnic segregation in cities, we offer the readers an overview of the explanatory factors of ethnic segregation and spatial concentration in modern welfare states. After a discussion of the disadvantages and advantages of segregation and concentration, which can be seen as the impetus behind the widespread interest in this topic, we will briefly review some 'traditional' theories. That review will be followed by a closer look at behavioural theories and explanations in which constraints are central, The next section will elaborate on restructuring processes, giving special attention to economic change and its effects on cities, groups and spatial arrangements. We will conclude this introduction with a few remarks on the future of ethnic segregation and concentration and outline some possible directions for future research in this held.