The link between ethnic segregation and socio-economic status : An activity space approach

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Järv , O , Masso , A , Silm , S & Ahas , R 2021 , ' The link between ethnic segregation and socio-economic status : An activity space approach ' , Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie , vol. 112 , no. 3 , pp. 319-335 . https://doi.org/10.1111/tesg.12465

Title: The link between ethnic segregation and socio-economic status : An activity space approach
Author: Järv, Olle; Masso, Anu; Silm, Siiri; Ahas, Rein
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Digital Geography Lab
Date: 2021-07
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
ISSN: 1467-9663
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/333511
Abstract: The extent to which ethnic segregation results from differences in socio-economic factors remains a seminal topic of debate. The growing literature demonstrating the multifaceted phenomenon of segregation urges more focus on individuals' spatial and social interactions. We applied an activity space approach and considered ethnic differences in individuals' activity spaces as an indicator of spatial segregation. We used mobile phone and survey datasets in Estonia. We show that place-based segregation indices derived from both datasets indicate similar levels of ethnic segregation. From an activity space perspective, the results show that the main socio-economic factor affecting the extensity of activity spaces is self-estimated social status rather than education and income. Results show that ethnic inequality in spatial behaviour is not straightforward, but rather that it is linked to how individuals position themselves in society. We argue that socio-economic factors need to be controlled to examine ethnic segregation from activity space perspective.
Subject: COMMUNITIES
DISADVANTAGE
EXPOSURE
GEOGRAPHIES
HOME
INEQUALITY
INTEGRATION
NEIGHBORHOOD
SOCIAL-CLASS
SOCIOSPATIAL ISOLATION
activity space
human mobility
mobile phone data
segregation
socio-economic status
socio-spatial inequality
519 Social and economic geography
1171 Geosciences
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