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white flight

Definition of White Flight

(noun) The movement of white people from urban areas into the suburbs.

White Flight Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /(h)waɪt flaɪt/
    • British English
      • /wʌɪt flʌɪt/
  • Syllabification: (white flight)

Usage Note

  • Plural: white flights

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Works Consulted

Ferris, Kerry, and Jill Stein. 2010. The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology. 2nd ed. New York: Norton.

Griffiths, Heather, Nathan Keirns, Eric Strayer, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, Sally Vyain, Jeff Bry, Faye Jones. 2016. Introduction to Sociology 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.

Wiley. (N.d.) Wiley Online Library. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/).

Cite the Definition of White Flight

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “white flight.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 16, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/white-flight/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

white flight. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/white-flight/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “white flight.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/white-flight/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“white flight.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/white-flight/>.