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(Un)Comfortable and (Un)Safe: How White Housing Market Professionals' and Consumers' Racialized Emotions Reproduce Racial Segregation

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The extent of housing market discrimination and racialized residential preferences is well-documented, yet less is known about the mechanisms through which White real estate professionals’ discriminatory behaviors and White consumers’ racial preferences unfold on the ground. To address this gap, I examine how these stakeholders utilize racialized emotions as a decision-making lens in everyday housing situations and how the deployment of racialized emotions from both White professionals and consumers contributes to racial segregation. Drawing on one year of ethnographic fieldwork and more than 100 in-depth interviews with real estate agents, developers, home buyers, and other housing market stakeholders in Houston, Texas, I find that racialized emotions shape housing market processes in two ways. First, White consumers express comfort or fear depending on neighborhood racial makeup, and real estate agents and housing developers anticipate and facilitate these emotions by tailoring home and neighborhood selections to clients’ emotions. Second, White real estate agents and housing developers themselves experience these emotions and alter their professional behaviors to assuage discomfort or fear that they feel. Ultimately, these parallel processes reproduce racial segregation and housing inequality by reifying White spaces and racial biases, and by excluding Black and Latino areas and individuals from competitive real estate services and the potential for property value appreciation.

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Korver-Glenn, Elizabeth. "(Un)Comfortable and (Un)Safe: How White Housing Market Professionals' and Consumers' Racialized Emotions Reproduce Racial Segregation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Pennsylvania Convention Center & Philadelphia Marriott, Philadelphia, PA, Aug 09, 2018 <Not Available>. 2018-12-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1377612_index.html>

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Korver-Glenn, E. , 2018-08-09 "(Un)Comfortable and (Un)Safe: How White Housing Market Professionals' and Consumers' Racialized Emotions Reproduce Racial Segregation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Pennsylvania Convention Center & Philadelphia Marriott, Philadelphia, PA Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2018-12-11 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1377612_index.html

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Abstract: The extent of housing market discrimination and racialized residential preferences is well-documented, yet less is known about the mechanisms through which White real estate professionals’ discriminatory behaviors and White consumers’ racial preferences unfold on the ground. To address this gap, I examine how these stakeholders utilize racialized emotions as a decision-making lens in everyday housing situations and how the deployment of racialized emotions from both White professionals and consumers contributes to racial segregation. Drawing on one year of ethnographic fieldwork and more than 100 in-depth interviews with real estate agents, developers, home buyers, and other housing market stakeholders in Houston, Texas, I find that racialized emotions shape housing market processes in two ways. First, White consumers express comfort or fear depending on neighborhood racial makeup, and real estate agents and housing developers anticipate and facilitate these emotions by tailoring home and neighborhood selections to clients’ emotions. Second, White real estate agents and housing developers themselves experience these emotions and alter their professional behaviors to assuage discomfort or fear that they feel. Ultimately, these parallel processes reproduce racial segregation and housing inequality by reifying White spaces and racial biases, and by excluding Black and Latino areas and individuals from competitive real estate services and the potential for property value appreciation.


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