Veterans live in more diverse neighborhoods than their civilian counterparts of same race

August 22, 2015, American Sociological Association

When members of the U.S. military leave the service, they tend to settle in neighborhoods with greater overall diversity than their civilian counterparts of the same race, according to a new study that will be presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

"It's encouraging that having served in the appears to have a long-term impact on how people choose their ," said study co-author Mary J. Fischer, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut. "According to the social contact hypothesis, racial attitudes are improved and stereotypes are broken when diverse groups come together under circumstances that promote meaningful cross-group interaction, such as in the military."

Using data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act on 13 million home mortgage loans from 2008 to 2013 across 98 metropolitan areas, the study represents the first and largest examination of residential integration among white, black, and Latino homeowners. The researchers compared conventional mortgages with Veterans Affairs mortgages to determine differences in residential patterns between veterans and civilians, and controlled for a number of variables that could explain where people lived, including partnership status, income, and metropolitan characteristics.

U.S. cities remain highly segregated by race despite several decades of laws against discrimination in housing and lending, according to Fischer. "One of the reasons racial segregation may self-perpetuate is that many whites have grown up in homogeneous communities and thus are more prone to rely on stereotypes to understand out-groups," Fischer said.

Fischer and her co-author Jacob S. Rugh, an assistant professor of sociology at Brigham Young University, note that making decisions on where to live after serving in the military is a strong test of the premise that prolonged interracial contact will have a positive effect on long-term intergroup relationships.

Fischer said this study along with related research she is working on with colleagues contribute to society's understanding of the potential longer-term effects of military service on race relations.

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More information: The paper, "Are Military Veterans More Racially Integrated? An Analysis of Homeowners in 98 U.S. Metro Areas," will be presented on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 4:30 p.m. CDT in Chicago at the American Sociological Association's 110th Annual Meeting.

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EWH
2.3 / 5 (3) Aug 22, 2015
Odd that veterans are more likely to live in "diverse" neighborhoods. I think you'll find that sociology professors and those in the various grievance studies departments are more likely to live in white neighborhoods, usually citing "good schools" (which statistically implies few Black or Hispanic students).

The reason veterans live in more "diverse" places is that they tend to have less money than average, are often "diverse" themselves, and as mostly men, they usually have fewer worries about personal self-defense in high-crime neighborhoods.

There is no reason to think that increasing the non-Asian minority population in a White neighborhood will have any positive effects. Crime rates increase, schools get worse, income goes down, social trust evaporates, and racism increases as Whites observe minority behavior first-hand. Only those living in nice, non-diverse neighborhoods have the luxury of believing the PC party line. Forced integration will only hurt the PC cause.
gkam
2 / 5 (4) Aug 22, 2015
Wow, politically and fear-driven biases, cliches and stereotypes are the basis of this tract above.
Captain Stumpy
3.7 / 5 (3) Aug 23, 2015
The reason veterans live in more "diverse" places is that they tend to have less money than average, are often "diverse" themselves, and as mostly men, they usually have fewer worries about personal self-defense in high-crime neighborhoods
whereas there may me some truth in this, i don't think i can agree unless it is also backed up with studies or factual data

the reason that more veterans settle in more diverse areas might just boil down more simply to the fact that there is a greater exposure to other people, cultures, ideas, races and more in the military than in civilian life

until i can read the study to see controls, adjustments and methodology, it stands to reason that they're taking this into consideration, meaning they comprehend veteran dynamics

comments like your last small paragraph are simply based upon prejudice and lack of knowledge. perhaps you've had bad experiences, but that is analogy, not science
EWH
1 / 5 (1) Aug 23, 2015
"it stands to reason that they're taking this into consideration, meaning they comprehend veteran dynamics"

Sociologists aren't known for high standards of analysis. Quite the opposite.

"comments like your last small paragraph are simply based upon prejudice and lack of knowledge."

No, they're all backed up by studies, at least in the case of Blacks.

" Crime rates increase[1], schools get worse[2], income goes down[3], social trust evaporates[4], and racism increases as Whites observe minority behavior first-hand.[5]"

[1] http://www.lagrif...ison.htm
[2] http://www.lagrif...city.htm
[3] Obviously having lower-income groups move in reduces the area's average income & flight starts with the richest
[4] http://www.city-j...5jl.html
[5] http://psp.sagepu...14524993

Most research on these topics is PC-motivated . Publish the truth and you don't get tenure, or worse.

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