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date: 18 August 2019

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This article explores the dynamics of segregation, with particular emphasis on the relationship between identity-based individual choices and the constraints on those choices due to others’ identity-based choices. It begins with an overview of segregation and the key elements of segregation processes: the actors, dimensions of clustering, and universe in which clustering occurs. It then reviews measures, data, and models for investigating the dynamic interdependence of individual action and neighborhood characteristics, including queieing and matching. It also considers residential segregation and the problem of scale regarding the mechanisms that link individual action and aggregate segregation. Finally, it examines how multiple segregating processes may amplify or attenuate one another, such as residential segregation by race and income and overlapping social locations.

Keywords: segregation, choice, identity, clustering, action, neighborhood, residential segregation, race, income, social locations

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