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Opportunity Denied: Limiting Black Women to Devalued Work
     

Opportunity Denied: Limiting Black Women to Devalued Work

by Enobong Branch
 

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Blacks and Whites. Men and Women. Historically, each group has held very different types of jobs. The divide between these jobs was stark—clean or dirty, steady or inconsistent, skilled or unskilled. In such a rigidly segregated occupational landscape, race and gender radically limited labor opportunities, relegating Black women to the least desirable

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Blacks and Whites. Men and Women. Historically, each group has held very different types of jobs. The divide between these jobs was stark—clean or dirty, steady or inconsistent, skilled or unskilled. In such a rigidly segregated occupational landscape, race and gender radically limited labor opportunities, relegating Black women to the least desirable jobs. Opportunity Denied is the first comprehensive look at changes in race, gender, and women’s work across time, comparing the labor force experiences of Black women to White women, Black men and White men. Enobong Hannah Branch merges empirical data with rich historical detail, offering an original overview of the evolution of Black women’s work.

From free Black women in 1860 to Black women in 2008, the experience of discrimination in seeking and keeping a job has been determinedly constant. Branch focuses on occupational segregation before 1970 and situates the findings of contemporary studies in a broad historical context, illustrating how inequality can grow and become entrenched over time through the institution of work.

Editorial Reviews

author of Emerging Intersections: Race, Class and Gender in Theory Policy and Practice - Bonnie Thornton Dill
"In an exemplary application of intersectional analysis to Black women’s labor history, Branch convincingly demonstrates that the 100- year legacy of racial and gender exclusion explains Black women’s poverty today."
professor of sociology, University of Delaware - Margaret L. Andersen
“This is an important story to tell and Branch’s Opportunity Denied makes a significant contribution to the study of black women’s work.”
Labour/Le Travail
"This is a wonderful, well-written and carefully argued book. Branch does an excellent job of demonstrating how historical inequalities can take hundreds of years to remedy."
American Journal of Sociology
"Branch has done an excellent job analyzing a very complex and loaded topic. This book will surely required reading for scholars interested in intersectionality and labor-market inequalities."
American Studies Journal
"Branch’s thesis is a powerful one. What does opportunity and economic progress really mean for black women as mothers, sisters, partners, and caretakers? For Branch, and the majority of black women, it indicates an occupational structure that maintains and protects the status quo and offers little promise of change."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813551975
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
09/08/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

ENOBONG HANNAH BRANCH is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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