Beth Red Bird

Department of Sociology

Stanford’s National Center on Poverty and Inequality


Segregations in Micro-Interactions



Who do you talk to on a regular basis? Under what circumstances do you see others? How long do you interact, and how do those interactions change your attitudes? This project explores the structure of individual interactions and the way the content and frequency of those interactions differ across socal class. Research in residential segregation suggests that neighborhoods can have significant influences in life outcomes. These conclusions are based on the assumption that your neighborhood determines your interactions. This project more directly measures interactions to assess the impact they have on a variety of attitudinal measures.