chapter  1
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The integration of races or ethnic groups in a given society is, first and foremost, an ideological and political question that each society must decide upon for itself. The decision to desegregate the society and tear down legal and social barriers to integration will be made by elected officials at the government level. However, apart from the moral-political issue of segregation or integration of minority groups, there is the important question of whether desegregation in the schools indeed produces the social effects that its planners claim for it. It is legitimate to ask whether we may anticipate that school desegregation will in fact bring about changes of various kinds-social, psychological, educational-and if so, under what conditions and by what means.