Coffee Hour: When is diversity stable? Multiscale measures of diversity and the identification of ethnic enclaves in South Seattle

Friday, March 21, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
3:30 p.m. Refreshments are offered in the E. Willard Miller seminar room, 319 Walker Building 4:00 p.m. The lecture begins in the John J. Cahir Auditorium, 112 Walker Building

When is diversity stable?  Multiscale measures of diversity and the identification of ethnic enclaves in South Seattle


About the talk

Seattle, Washington—like many U.S. cities—has an explicit policy supporting diversity in its neighborhoods. Seattle is exceptional, however, in that it can boast several neighborhoods where racial/ethnic diversity has been present over an extended time period. In this talk I consider one explanation for this phenomenon; the presence of a wide range of small-scale racial/ethnic enclaves within Seattle's diverse neighborhoods. Developing a concept proposed by Holloway et al. (2012) that envisions segregation and diversity as "enfolded" rather than opposite ends of a spectrum I propose a method for characterizing the functional form of diversity considered simultaneously across multiple scales. This technique shows some promise for calling attention to variations in diversity within neighborhoods but suggests a need for further research on diversity within the broad pan-ethnic categories provided by publicly available Census Data.

Suggested reading

Holloway, S. R., R. Wright, and M. Ellis. 2012. "The Racially Fragmented City? Neighborhood Racial Segregation and Diversity Jointly Considered." The Professional Geographer 64 (1):63-82.

Lee, B. A., S. F. Reardon, G. Firebaugh, C. R. Farrell, S. A. Matthews, and D. O'Sullivan. 2008. "Beyond the census tract: Patterns and determinants of racial segregation at multiple geographic scales." American Sociological Review 73 (5):766-791.


About the speaker

chris fowler CHChris Fowler's research examines the outcomes of local planning and economic development policies and local spending decisions more broadly. he is  motivated by a desire to better understand how different groups, particularly the poor, benefit (or fail to benefit) from local policy decisions. In pursuit of this broader goal his published work has examined the impacts that economic models have on policy debate and the role these models play in shaping policy discourse within cities.


Questions for the speaker or about Coffee Hour? (Angela Rogers)