Race, Identity and Work Vol: 32

Ethel L. Mickey
Wellesley College, USA

Adia Harvey Wingfield
Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Product Details
29 Oct 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
280 pages - 152 x 229mm
Research in the Sociology of Work
This volume examines the connections between race and work, focusing on three key themes. First, contributors consider how racial minorities deal with questions of identity in the workplace. This is especially important as ideas about professionalism often hinge on implicitly racialized criteria, to an extent that racial identity may pose a challenge to meeting occupational requirements. Secondly, contributors address ways racial exclusion occurs in jobs in the new economy: while organizations can no longer legally segregate or discriminate on the basis of race, exclusion processes still occur in the contemporary workplace. Finally, this volume considers the strategies that minority workers use to combat and change patterns of workplace inequality. In the new economy, where workers arguably have limited power relative to organizations, the techniques of the past may not be as effective. 

Providing valuable insight on a growing segment of the labor force, this book considers the US's rapidly changing racial demographics and how this phenomenon fundamentally alters many aspects of work, providing an in-depth understanding of how race affects work for people of color across occupations, workplaces, and industries.
Introduction; Ethel L. Mickey and Adia Harvey Wingfield 
Part I: Identity and Identity Work 
Chapter 1. "Coming Back to Who I Am": Unemployment, Identity, and Social Support; Lindsey M. Ibañez and Steven H. Lopez 
Chapter 2. Sustaining Enchantment: How Cultural Workers Manage Precariousness and Routine; Alexandre Frenette and Richard E. Ocejo 
Part II: Racial Exclusion at Work
Chapter 3. Social Capital, Relational Inequality Theory and Earnings of Racial Minority Lawyers; Fiona M. Kay  
Chapter 4. Racism, Sexism, & the Constraints on Black Women's Labor in 1920; Enobong Hannah Branch 
Chapter 5. The Downward Slide of Working Class African American Men; George Wilson and Vincent J. Roscigno
Chapter 6. Organizational Context and the Well-Being of Black Workers: Does Racial Composition Affect Psychological Distress?; Kevin Stainback, Kendra Jason, and Charles Walter 
Chapter 7. Occupational Composition and Racial/Ethnic Inequality in Varying Work Hours in the Great Recession; Ryan Finnigan and Savannah Hunter 
Part III: Challenging Racial Exclusion  
Chapter 8. Does the Job Matter? Diversity Officers and Racialized Stress; Adia Harvey Wingfield, Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, and Lynn Smith-Lovin 
Chapter 9. Occupational Activism and Racial Desegregation at Work: Activist Careers After the Nonviolent Nashville Civil Rights Movement; Daniel B. Cornfield, Jonathan S. Coley, Larry W. Isaac, and Dennis C. Dickerson 
Chapter 10. Framing the Professional Pose: How Collegiate Black Men View the Performance of Professional Behaviors; Brandon Jackson
Ethel L. Mickey is Lecturer in Sociology at Wellesley College, USA. Her research examines gender, work and organizations, and social networks with a focus on high-tech settings. Her work has been published in Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Feminist Formations, and Aggression and Violence
Adia Harvey Wingfield is Professor of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, USA. Her research examines racial and gender inequality in professional workplaces, and her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including Social Problems, Gender & Society, and American Behavioral Scientist. She is also a contributing writer for The Atlantic. Professor Wingfield is the author of several books, most recently No More Invisible Man: Race and Gender in Men's Work, and has won multiple awards from sections of the American Sociological Association.

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