Are there ethnic enclaves/ghettos in English cities?

Ron Johnston, James Forrest, Michael Poulsen

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

157 Citations (Scopus)


The residential segregation of ethnic groups in urban areas remains an issue of importance for policy-making in multicultural societies, such as England’s, with levels of segregation frequently linked to questions of social exclusion and equal treatment. But how segregated are ethnic groups in England? Most studies answer this question using single indices which address one aspect only of a multidimensional concept. In this paper, an alternative approach is used which identifies residential area types according to the degree of ethnic mixing; we evaluate their relative importance in 18 English cities in the light of Boal and Peach’s arguments regarding the processes and patterns involved in segregation. We find little evidence of significant segregation of Black ethnic groups, but more with regard to Asian groups-especially outside London.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-618
Number of pages28
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


Dive into the research topics of 'Are there ethnic enclaves/ghettos in English cities?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this