Social Psychological Processes in Studies of Neighborhoods and Inequality

Lincoln Quillian*

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In this chapter, I review the role of social psychological processes in studies of neighborhoods and inequality. The review emphasizes studies leading up to and following from W. J. Wilson’s seminal book The Truly Disadvantaged (1987). Three major topics are reviewed. First, I review early theories and empirical studies of the effects of urbanism and urban environments on individuals and social life. Second, I review studies of “neighborhood effects,” including both long-term development effects and more immediate effects on crime and mental health. Third, I review studies of social psychological processes that influence neighborhood formation and racial segregation, including studies of preferences for race-of-neighbors and studies of neighborhood stereotyping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbooks of Sociology and Social Research
EditorsJane McLeod, Edward Lawler, Michael Schwalbe
Place of PublicationNew York, US
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9789401790017
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameHandbooks of Sociology and Social Research
ISSN (Print)1389-6903
ISSN (Electronic)2542-839X


  • Crime
  • Inequality
  • Neighborhood effects
  • Neighborhoods
  • Social psychology
  • Urban sociology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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