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Live and Let LiveDiversity, Conflict, and Community in an Integrated Neighborhood$
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Evelyn M. Perry

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469631387

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631387.001.0001

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Moving Up, Moving Down, Moving Out

Moving Up, Moving Down, Moving Out

(p.143) Chapter Seven Moving Up, Moving Down, Moving Out
Live and Let Live

Evelyn M. Perry

University of North Carolina Press

An individual’s residential mobility trajectory tells us a great deal about that individual but also about place. Where someone has lived, the changes they have witnessed, and where they hope to be, together, affect how they think about where they are. This chapter presents five residential mobility narratives. These residents’ stories bring together key themes from preceding chapters to illustrate place effects, showing how features of the neighborhood interact with individual preferences and skills to jointly affect understandings and experiences of place. For example, experiences in previous neighborhoods generate sets of expectations and comparisons that shape evaluations of the quality and livability of Riverwest. The strategies residents develop to manage previous environments may or may not be effective in a new residential context. Finally, the chapter draws on an analysis of residential mobility narratives to identify mechanisms that mediate the effects of neighborhood diversity and help explain differences in residents’ lived experiences of integration.

Keywords:   neighborhood effects, residential mobility, mobility narratives, neighborhood diversity, place, neighborhood quality of life

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