Community in Transition: Mobility, Integration, and Conflict

Community in Transition: Mobility, Integration, and Conflict

Community in Transition: Mobility, Integration, and Conflict

Community in Transition: Mobility, Integration, and Conflict

Synopsis

How can depressed communities be upgraded? One approach is to import settlers with higher status and incomes. In a unique experiment in Israel, this approach was utilized, and the results are the focus of the Ayalon, Ben-Rafael, and Yogev study. The three authors examine the costs and benefits of an experiment in community change in "Mobiltown." The experiment, which brought higher status people to a poor community, is evaluated on the basis of surveys, indepth interviews, and observations. The research shows that the experiment has mainly resulted in status enhancement of the community as a whole. Yet, expectations for social integration between the new and veteran residents were not fulfilled.
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