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Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality in the Workplace

Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality in the Workplace
Evolving Issues

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April 2005 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This issue examines patterns of on-going racial and ethnic inequality in the increasingly heterogeneous American workplace. The six articles in this sensitive and thoughtful issue of American Behavioral Scientist, entitled Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality in the Workplace: Evolving Issues and edited by George Wilson of Miami University, analyze the various aspects of this "modern discrimination," including the dynamics of hiring, promotions, and job dismissals; the aspects of work that impact child development; how politics influences the enforcement of Equal Employment Opportunity standards; the intentional/unintentional use of statistics to reinforce inequalities; and the continuing wage gap for Latinas and African American females.

The penetrating articles investigate important topics such as:

· Why African American males continue to be handicapped in the promotion/upward mobility process (Smith)

· Why African-American males are more vulnerable to job dismissals because of layoffs, firings, downsizing, retrenchments, and mergers than White males (Wilson)

· Why African American children of parents in prestigious/high-status occupations do not have the same school/academic performances and health outcomes as White children with parents with similar occupations (Conley and Yeung)

· The role political environments play in enforcing racial and ethnic equality laws and the variegated patterns of segregation since the 1960s (Stainback, Robinson, and Tomaskovic-Devey

· How racial, ethnic, and gender-based statistics are used to enable inconspicuous but effective institutional discriminatory policies (Baumle and Fossett)

· Trends and causes of wage inequality among Latina and African American females compared to White females from the 1990s to the present (Browne and Askew)

As the evidence in these papers shows, both overt and subtle inequities based on race and ethnicity still exist in the American workplace. This issue of American Behavioral Scientist is a useful tool to examine the intricacies and impacts of this "modern discrimination," and should be included in every sociology and business library!

George Wilson
Introduction: Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality in the American Workplace: Evolving Issues
Ryan A. Smith
Do the Determinants of Promotion Differ for White Men Versus Women and Minorities?
George Wilson
Race and Job Dismissal: African American/White Differences in Their Sources During the Early Work Career
Kevin Stainback, Corre L. Robinson, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey
Race and Workplace Integration: A Politically Mediated Process?
Dalton Conley and W. Jean Yeung
Black-White Differences in Occupational Prestige: Their Impact on Child Development
Amanda K. Baumle and Mark Fossett
Statistical Discrimination in Employment: Its Practice, Conceptualization, and Implications for Public Policy
rene Browne and Rachel Askew
Race, Ethnicity, and Wage Inequality Among Women: What Happened in the 1990s and Early 21st Century?

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ISBN: 9781412938068