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Neighbourhood issues often at root of racial tensions in US

Tuesday 24 June, 6.30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building

How do different races interact in US neighbourhoods and how effective is public policy designed to address racial conflict?

Professor William Julius Wilson will be speaking on The Roots of Racial Tensions: urban ethnic neighbourhoods on Tuesday 24 June at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Racial tensions in the US often emanate from conflicts at the neighbourhood level. Professor Wilson will describe and analyse variations of inter-group hostilities using three years of field research in four Chicago neighbourhoods, and discuss the implications for the future of race and ethnic relations in the US and for public policy designed to address racial conflict.

William Julius Wilson is the Lewis P and Linda L Geyser University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Program at the John F Kennedy School of Government.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


To reserve a press ticket, please contact Jessica Winterstein on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 


William Julius Wilson has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Education and the Institute of Medicine. He is a past president of the American Sociological Association, and is a MacArthur Prize Fellow, and was awarded the 1998 National Medal of Science. His books include Power, Racism and Privilege (1973), The Declining Significance of Race (1978), The Truly Disadvantaged (1987), When Work Disappears (1996) and The Bridge over the Racial Divide (1999).

The field research used in this lecture was conducted over three years by a team of ethnographers in four Chicago neighbourhoods that represent the working and lower-middles classes - an African-American neighbourhood, a white neighbourhood, a neighbourhood in transition from white to Hispanic, and an Hispanic neighbourhood.

17 June 2003