Child care centres are better connected in NYC’s poor neighbourhoods

The tests uncovered that centers in poor neighborhoods tend to be better connected than those in nonpoor neighbourhoods, even after accounting for need.

That centers in high-poverty neighborhoods in New York City are better connected calls into question an all-too-common and rather narrow interpretation of the neighborhood effect hypothesis: that moving an actor from a poor to a non poor neighborhood will make it easier for her to acquire the resources conducive to well-being. Our discussion suggests this expectation is simplistic, because it ignores not only the role of organizations in the practice of accessing resources but also the institutional factors shaping how connected neighborhood organizations are.

From pages 156 & 173 in Small, M. L. (2009). Unanticipated gains: Origins of network inequality in everyday life. New York, Oxford University Press.

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