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Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality in the U.S. Labor Market

Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality in the U.S. Labor Market
Critical Issues in the New Millennium

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248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

What patterns of racial and ethnic stratification are emerging in the American labor market as representation of racial and ethnic minorities continues to increase in the new millennium? The articles in this special volume of The Annals demonstrate that in the 21st century the labor market is neither race-neutral nor color blind. Race and ethnicity continue as salient factors in determining life-chance opportunities in the American labor market.

The volume focuses on the range of issues sociologists are addressing as they explore racial and ethnic inequality in the labor market. It also examines the methodological strategies used to analyze the subtle dynamics associated with inequality in the labor market. Taken together, these articles move us ahead in understanding the incidence, causes, and consequences of persisting inequities.

The scholars included in this volume explore a range of critical topics:

  • the role of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) law and data in existing research
  • approaches used by firms to interpret and apply EEO law
  • analysis of job satisfaction between and among groups
  • use of audit studies to identify discrimination
  • application of competition theory
  • examination of racial and ethnic stratification in the workforce
  • intergenerational occupational mobility
  • the effects of segregation in both employment and residential spheres 
George Wilson
Vincent J. Roscigno, Lisette Garcia, and Donna Bobbitt-Zeher
Social Closure and Processes of Race/Sex Employment Discrimination
Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and Kevin Stainback
Discrimination and Desegregation: Equal Opportunity Progress in U.S. Private Sector Workplaces since the Civil Rights Act
David J. Maume and Rachel Sebastian
Racial Composition of Workgroups and Job Satisfaction Among Whites
Devah Pager
The Use of Field Experiments for Studies of Employment Discrimination: Contributions, Critiques, and Directions for the Future
Dalton Conley and Rebecca Glauber
Family Background, Race, and Labor Market Inequality
Deirdre A. Royster
What Happens to Potential Discouraged?: Masculinity Norms and the Contrasting Institutional and Labor Market Experiences of Less Affluent Black and White Men
Philip N. Cohen and Matt L. Huffman
Black Underrepresentation in Management Across U.S. Labor Markets
Gregory D. Squires
Demobilization of the Individualistic Bias: Housing Market Discrimination as a Contributor to Labor Market and Economic Inequality
George Wilson
Racialized Life-Chance Opportunities across the Class Structure: The Case of African Americans
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George Wilson