Segregation, Social Control and Social Justice: An Analysis of the HOPE VI Project

Michael J. Lynch, University of South Florida
Brett Mervis, NSF/OD/OIA

Massey and Denton's research into the spatial segregation of American cities, and the causes and consequences of segregation has had a major impact on sociological discussions of race in the U.S. The process of racial segregation has clear social justice implications. It also has implications for understanding social control processes in our society. This paper reviews the relationship between social justice, social control and segregation. Further, we analyze the spatial-racial relocation patterns of over 1000 residents of a federally subsidized housing project in Tampa, Florida moved under the auspices of the HOPE VI project. Using Massey and Denston's work as a guide, we hypothesize that these residents, who are overwhelmingly Black, will be more likely to be moved into racially homogeneous neighborhoods with high concentrations of Black residents than to racially heterogeneous neighborhoods. In this way, federally subsidized community rehabilitation and relocation projects continue to contribute to maintaing spatial racial segregation in Tampa.

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