MSU study asks if diverse and cohesive communities are possible
Many community stakeholders are interested in building communities that are both socially cohesive and diverse. However, a new report suggests these goals may not be simultaneously attainable.
Using a computer-based model, MSU sociologist Zachary Neal determined that diverse neighborhoods are less socially cohesive than segregated ones. He describes a cohesive neighborhood as a place where people feel that everybody knows who they are, and that people look out for each other.