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Growing Up In A Shrinking City: The Impact Of Residential Segregation On The Qualitative Reproduction Of Urban Society

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Germany was one of the last developed nations in the world to start a debate on population decline. At the local level there is a redistribution of population and households, which-under conditions of a shrinking population-is facilitated and accelerated by relaxed housing markets. The two correlated processes are continuous suburbanization (which refers to the exodus of mobile middle-class families and households from the urban cores to the fringe and to the surrounding countryside after the 1970s) on the one hand, and growing intra-urban segregation (describing the pattern of socio-spatial reorganization of shrinking urban populations) on the other. Growing childlessness leads to the polarization of society into a shrinking family sector and a growing non-family sector.

Keywords: Germany; shrinking city



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