Race and the Invisible Hand: How White Networks Exclude Black Men from Blue-Collar Jobs / Edition 1

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Overview


From the time of Booker T. Washington to today, and William Julius Wilson, the advice dispensed to young black men has invariably been, "Get a trade." Deirdre Royster has put this folk wisdom to an empirical test—and, in Race and the Invisible Hand, exposes the subtleties and discrepancies of a workplace that favors the white job-seeker over the black. At the heart of this study is the question: Is there something about young black men that makes them less desirable as workers than their white peers? And if not, then why do black men trail white men in earnings and employment rates? Royster seeks an answer in the experiences of 25 black and 25 white men who graduated from the same vocational school and sought jobs in the same blue-collar labor market in the early 1990s. After seriously examining the educational performances, work ethics, and values of the black men for unique deficiencies, her study reveals the greatest difference between young black and white men—access to the kinds of contacts that really help in the job search and entry process.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520239517
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/2/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 709,680
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


Deirdre Royster joined the College of William and Mary faculty in 2002 as an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and currently serves as chair of the department. Royster received her doctorate in sociology from the Johns Hopkins University in 1996 and worked from 1996-2000 as an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Campus. Her research has been supported by the American Sociological Association, the Social Science Research Council, the Spencer Foundation, and the National Academy of Education and she is beginning a new project on the significance of the Crosson v. Richmond case for African American construction firms and workers.
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Table of Contents


List of Tables
Foreword
Acknowledgments

1. Introduction
2. "Invisible" and Visible Hands: Racial Disparity in the Labor Market
3. From School to Work . . . in Black and White: A Case Study
4. Getting a Job, Not Getting a Job: Employment Divergence Begins
5. Evaluating Market Explanations: The Declining Significance of Race and Racial Deficits Approaches
6. Embedded Transitions: School Ties and the Unanticipated Significance of Race
7. Networks of Inclusion, Networks of Exclusion: The Production and Maintenance of Segregated Opportunity Structures
8. White Privilege and Black Accommodation: Where Past and Contemporary Discrimination Converge

Appendix: Subjects’ Occupations at the Time of the Study
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2009

    Disappointing

    Although well written, Royster's analysis falls short. Her unoriginal work seems loosely organized and could have been better researched before publishing. I look forward to her future work, since she seems to be a promising scholar, yet this book is an incomplete analysis on an important and expansive topic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2004

    BEST book on discrimination since maybe ever

    Give this book to relatives, friends, students who think that race discrimination is history in America. Royster is a fabulous interviewer and writer. Her fifty young graduates of vocational high school (half African-American, half white) open up to her with heartbreaking honesty. White kids are successful because of the web of older white friends, relatives, and teachers in their school who make sure that they have jobs, even when they have criminal convictions. They praise the skills of some black classmates but feel no obligation to help them, as they themselves have been helped. The black young men think many of the white men are 'cool,' but make no demands. Anyone who doesn't see the need for affirmative action should read this book.

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