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I finally put my finger on why the ‘Moving to Opportunity’ study- conceptually & epistemologically- raises 🚩🚩🚩 for me:
- imputes mechanistic nature to social relations
- treats poverty as an exposure or state (not an outcome of policy w/ intergenerational effects)

1/n
- places onus on impoverished people to move to ‘opportunity’, despite a wealth of social scientific work on placing opportunities where people are
- side-steps the problem of social networks & capital- how moving often disrupts those
- treats places as simply filled in spaces
But, all of these objections arise from my orientation as a social scientist & a geographer. I begin w/ the assumptions:

- poverty & income inequity are policy choices
- mechanisms: social sorting in social space via residential segregation & rationing by price in rental market
- also, people have preferences that interact with constraints. This is where terms like ‘ethnic density’ are differentiated from ‘segregation.’
- proximity is not the same as access. Access to resources is spatially, structurally, AND socially mediated.
5/n

I admit, I bristle at the concept that simply ‘moving’ impoverished people into communities with higher concentrated advantage is a suitable ‘policy intervention’, when that just leaves the neighborhoods of origin behind & reinforces their concentrated disadvantage.
It does nothing to change the way that spaces/land/places are racialized via processes of sorting (segregation). It does nothing to change the settler logics of displacement as a resource.
Further note:
- rationing by price in housing ‘markets’ is doubly or triply discriminatory when one accounts for employment & wage discrimination on the basis of assigned race, gender, disability status
Gonna stop there. Gotta water my garden & do some writing.
What should be made explicit here is that I begin with *equity* as my goal. Moving a select group of people from a "disadvantaged" neighborhood to a neighborhood with wealthier residents & more resources =! address the structural distribution of resources
Spatial concentrations of wealth & structural advantage result, in part, from social processes that produce inequities. Segregation, housing, employment, & wage discrimination on the basis of assigned race, income, disability status.

Advantage & disadvantage = co-constituitive
Note the language here: *select*

The participants cleared the hurdle of qualifying for gov't subsidized housing. Those hurdles are much harder to clear today.

This findings of this study should not be used to *predict* outcomes for others.
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