Objective: Chapter 1: Micromotives and Macrobehavior 'Micromotives and Macrobehavior' was published in 1981, when race and segregation were contemporary issues, and it turned segregation into a matter of individual preferences. This lesson discusses the historical situation of the late 1970s and early 1980s, which was the setting for the book.
1. Research activity. Give students reference materials and ask them to research the history of race relations and segregation in America--not only the main cases, but the demographics of segregation, and the factors that led the races to live separately.
2. Small group discussion. Ask students to work together in small groups to discuss cases where integration was more or less successful. What made it possible for the races to integrate neighborhoods? What factors kept integration from happening? Ask each group to report back to the class after some time for discussion.
3. Class discussion. How was Schelling's Micromotives and Macrobehavior an...
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