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EmergenceContemporary Readings in Philosophy and Science$
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Mark A. Bedau and Paul Humphreys

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026215

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026215.001.0001

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Sorting and Mixing: Race and Sex

Sorting and Mixing: Race and Sex

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(p.235) 12 Sorting and Mixing: Race and Sex
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Emergence
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Thomas Schelling

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026215.003.0015

This chapter discusses types of segregation or sorting but focuses on the kind of segregation that results from discriminatory individual behavior. “Discriminatory,” as a term, is defined here as reflecting an awareness of sex, age, religion, color, or whatever the basis of segregation is, an awareness that influences decisions on where to live, whom to sit by, what occupation to join or to avoid, whom to play with, or with whom to have a conversation. The chapter examines some of the individual incentives and individual perceptions of difference that can collectively lead to segregation. It also examines the extent to which inferences can be drawn from actual collective segregation about the preferences of individuals, the strengths of those preferences, and the facilities for exercising them.

Keywords:   segregation, discriminatory individual behavior, individual incentives, individual perceptions, collective segregation

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