The Cafeteria Studies

The cafeteria studies illustrate even how seemingly integrated and diverse social spaces may be characterised by varying forms of segregation, reproduced as people go about their mundane activities. The phrase ‘eating together apart’ captures the general descriptive patterns located by Schrieff et al. (2005) and Clack et al. (2004). In an interesting variation on these studies, Alexander has recently investigated the effects of disrupting racially homogeneous spaces in cafeterias

The first sketch below shows the layout of the cafeteria studied by Clack et al. and the second by Schrieff et al.