School segregation in Contemporary Cities: Social, Spatial and Political Dynamics

Organizers: Isabel Ramos Lobato, Venla Bernelius, Sako Musterd

We would like to explore the social, spatial and political dynamics of school segregation in different urban contexts.

Based on new forms of (ethnic) separation and an increased social polarisation, education systems in many cities have been characterized by a progressive segmentation of the student population. If social and spatial divisions have been exacerbated, the segmentation within the education system and the segregation in the residential sphere have become crucial as this may hinder intergenerational upward social mobility and influence the general level of social cohesion.

School segregation reflects existing locally-based residential divisions, but may also impact on new specific forms of socio-spatial differentiation, worsening the social inclusion of the most vulnerable social groups.

We propose a session focused on the following questions:

· What urban contexts are more conducive to school segregation?
· To what extent does school segregation reflect residential segregation?
· What are the specific dynamics through which school segregation has recently increased?
· How have the institutional settings and recent policy changes contributed to foster school segregation?
· What are the main effects of such phenomena?

Please send an abstract to isabel.ramos-lobato@ils-forschung.de and venla.bernelius@helsinki.fi by October 11th. Notification of acceptance will be sent by October 13th.