Multicultural Geographies

The Changing Racial/Ethnic Patterns of the United States

Edited by John W. Frazier & Florence M. Margai

Subjects: Geography, American Studies, African American Studies, Ethnicity, Sociology
Imprint: Distribution Partners
Paperback : 9781438436821, 300 pages, September 2010

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Table of contents

1. Multiculturalism and Multicultural Education in the United States: The Contributory Role of Geography
Florence M. Margai and John W. Frazier
2. Culture, Cultural Landscapes, and the Historical Contexts for Economic Expansion, Immigration, and Group Settlements in the United States
John W. Frazier and Florence M. Margai
3. Black American Geographies: The Historical and Contemporary Distributions of African Americans
Eugene Tettey-Fio
4. The Plight of African Americans in Michigan: Residential Segregation, and Predictable Outcomes in Mortgage Lending and Educational Achievement
Joe T. Darden
5. Predatory Lending and Race: A Case Study of a Washington, D. C. Lender
David H. Kaplan
6. Low Birth Weight and the Contribution of Residential Segregation, New York City, 2000
Sue C. Grady
7. Asians in America: Some Historical and Contemporary Patterns
John W. Frazier
8. What Color is Segregation? Changing Spatial Segregation of Asians: 1980–2000
David W. S. Wong
9. From the Ghetto to the Invisiburb: Shifting Patterns of Immigrant Settlement in Contemporary America
Emily Skop and Wei Li
10. Refugee Resettlement in Utica, New York: Opportunities and Issues for Community Development
Ellen Percy Kraly and Kristin VanValkenburg

11. Changing Latino Geographies in the United States
Mark E. Reisinger and Eugene Tettey-Fio
12. Determinants of Latino Migration to Allentown, PA
Mark E. Reisinger
13 Latino Landscapes and Latino-Black Districts: A Study of Allentown, PA
Eugene Tettey-Fio
14. Diversity Comes to a Small City: The Case of Binghamton, NY
Suzanna Klaf, Karima Legette, and John W. Frazier
15. Reading and Mapping America’s Changing Ethnic Geomorphologies and Palimpsest Geographies
Stanley D. Brunn
16. The Use of a 3-D Mapping Technique to Portray Racial and Ethnic Change
Lucius S. Willis
17. A Comparison of Traditional and Spatial Measures of Segregation: Some Empirical Findings
David W. S. Wong
18. Using Geo-Data Techniques to Analyze Environmental Health Inequities in Minority Neighborhoods: The Case of Toxic Exposures and Low Birth Weights
Florence M. Margai
Summary and Conclusions
Florence M. Margai and John W. Frazier

Geographical perspectives on the changing patterns of race and ethnicity in the United States.


In an approach that differs from other publications on U. S. multiculturalism, Multicultural Geographies examines the changing patterns of race and ethnicity in the United States from geographical perspectives. It reflects the significant contributions made by geographers in recent years to our understanding of the day-to-day experiences of American minorities and the historical and current processes that account for living spaces, persistent patterns of segregation and group inequalities, and the complex geographies that continue to evolve at local and regional levels across the country. One of the book's underlying themes is the dynamic and complex nature of U. S. multiculturalism and the academic difficulty in evaluating it from a single viewpoint or theoretical stance. As such, Multicultural Geographies is derived from the joint efforts of selected scholars to bring together diverse perspectives and approaches in documenting the experiences of American minorities and the issues that affect them.

John W. Frazier is Professor of Geography at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He is the coeditor (with Eugene L. Tettey-Fio) of Race, Ethnicity, and Place in a Changing America, also published by SUNY Press. Florence M. Margai is Associate Professor of Geography at Binghamton University, State University of New York. She is the author of Environmental Health Hazards and Social Justice: Geographical Perspectives on Race and Class Disparities. Frazier and Margai are the coauthors (with Eugene L. Tettey-Fio) of Race and Place: Equity Issues in Urban America.