Since the early to mid-1970s, a variety of Chicago's neighborhoods and suburbs have seen racial change occur as they “flipped” from majority white to majority black areas. It is a pattern that has been seen over and over again throughout the country. Matteson, Illinois, a small suburb located roughly twenty-six miles from Chicago's Loop, has not yet been studied. It is a site of racial change that has been occurring since the early 1980s: as more blacks moved into the town, more whites moved out, even though many of the blacks moving in were of a higher socioeconomic class than many of the whites moving out. In the mid-1990s, a series of programs were developed in order to attract whites back into Matteson, which briefly placed the town in the national spotlight. In this study, I learned what the experiences have been for both blacks and whites who live in Matteson. I discovered that although whites continue to separate themselves from blacks as they move into the suburbs, incoming blacks have also attempted separations from lower-class blacks. The suburbs are still undergoing racial change, but these changes are far more complex than the usual separations between blacks and whites.
|Advisor:||Maly, Michael T.|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Class, Illinois, Matteson, Race, Segregation|
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