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After Civil Rights: Racial Realism in the New American Workplace [NOOK Book]

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What role should racial difference play in the American workplace? As a nation, we rely on civil rights law to address this question, and the monumental Civil Rights Act of 1964 seemingly answered it: race must not be a factor in workplace decisions. In After Civil Rights, John Skrentny contends that after decades of mass immigration, many employers, Democratic and Republican political leaders, and advocates have adopted a new strategy to manage race and work. Race is now relevant not only in negative cases of ...

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Overview

What role should racial difference play in the American workplace? As a nation, we rely on civil rights law to address this question, and the monumental Civil Rights Act of 1964 seemingly answered it: race must not be a factor in workplace decisions. In After Civil Rights, John Skrentny contends that after decades of mass immigration, many employers, Democratic and Republican political leaders, and advocates have adopted a new strategy to manage race and work. Race is now relevant not only in negative cases of discrimination, but in more positive ways as well. In today's workplace, employers routinely practice "racial realism," where they view race as real--as a job qualification. Many believe employee racial differences, and sometimes immigrant status, correspond to unique abilities or evoke desirable reactions from clients or citizens. They also see racial diversity as a way to increase workplace dynamism. The problem is that when employers see race as useful for organizational effectiveness, they are often in violation of civil rights law.

After Civil Rights examines this emerging strategy in a wide range of employment situations, including the low-skilled sector, professional and white-collar jobs, and entertainment and media. In this important book, Skrentny urges us to acknowledge the racial realism already occurring, and lays out a series of reforms that, if enacted, would bring the law and lived experience more in line, yet still remain respectful of the need to protect the civil rights of all workers.

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Editorial Reviews

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"After Civil Rights makes a compelling case for the pervasiveness of race-conscious employment practices."--Glenn Altschuler, Florida Courier

"John Skrentny, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UC-San Diego, gives readers a well-researched, thoroughly documented and provocative work, presenting his theory for how employers view race in the workplace in the USA. . . . Skrentny's chapter on racial realism, and its corollary, immigrant realism, in the low-wage workplace, is one I wish I had written. . . . His account of how the law works in practice and on the ground is a great read for those interested in legal studies, history, political science, sociology or civil rights."--Leticia Saucedo, LSE Review of Books

"If you want to explore deeper social policy, it is worth a read."--Barry H. Dyller, Trial

Library Journal
11/01/2013
Arguing against race-blind hiring policies and for employers to recognize racial difference (and diversity in general) as an asset, professor and author Skrentny insists that civil rights laws be amended to encourage this change of attitude.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400848492
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 11/24/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Course Book
  • Pages: 416
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

John D. Skrentny is professor of sociology and director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego. His books include "The Minority Rights Revolution" and "The Ironies of Affirmative Action: Politics, Culture, and Justice in America".
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables ix
Preface xi
Chapter 1 Managing Race in the American Workplace 1
Chapter 2 Leverage Racial Realism in the Professions and Business 38
Chapter 3 We the People Racial Realism in Politics and Government 89
Chapter 4 Displaying Race for Dollars Racial Realism in Media and Entertainment 153
Chapter 5 The Jungle Revisited? Racial Realism in the Low-Skilled Sector 216
Chapter 6 Bringing Practice, Law, and Values Together 265
Notes 291
Index 383
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