Who Gets the Good Jobs?: Combating Race and Gender Disparities / Edition 1

Who Gets the Good Jobs?: Combating Race and Gender Disparities / Edition 1

by Robert Cherry
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Rutgers University Press

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Who Gets the Good Jobs?: Combating Race and Gender Disparities / Edition 1

Racial and gender employment inequalities are alive and well today. In 2000, the U.S. government offered $508 million to settle more than one thousand lawsuits brought against the federally funded Voice of America by female workers. At the same time, African American employees of Coca-Cola sued their employer, citing the large number of minorities in low-paying jobs, with just a handful at top levels. Even Alan Greenspan has urged firms to eliminate the “distortions that arise as a result of discrimination.”

The political agenda regarding this issue is polarized. Many conservative economists claim that financial considerations have led businesses to hire minorities because such practices increase profits. In opposition, many liberal economists believe businesses will hire minorities only if forced to do so by equal employment opportunity policies. Robert Cherry bridges these two positions, arguing that there is some truth to the positive effect of the profit motive, but that market forces alone are not enough to eliminate employment and earnings disparities.

            Cherry surveys the political and economic forces that influenced labor market practices in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing on the employment barriers African Americans, women, and immigrants encounter. He then assesses the effects of 1960s civil rights legislation and finds that improvements have been substantial, primarily for college-educated African Americans and women; therefore, he recommends that equal employment opportunity policies be strengthened. Cherry demonstrates how the promotion of full employment can further the advancement of working-class African Americans and women.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813529219
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 06/28/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List Of Figures And Tablesix
1Deciding Who Gets the Good Jobs: An Overview1
2The Profit Motive: How It Can Benefit the Powerless17
3It's Not Personal: When Hiring the Best Worker Isn't Profitable35
4Race before Class: Jim Crow Employment Practices57
5Gender before Class: Patriarchy, Capitalism, and Family85
6The Immigration Controversy: Who Wins and Who Loses?113
7The Rise of Working Women: Race, Class, and Gender Matters139
8Jobs for Black Men: Missing in Action166
9Employment and Ownership Disparities: What Should the Government Do?192
10New Harmony, Not Religious Wars: How to Promote Diversity at Elite Universities211
11Setting Policy Priorities: What Works Best Politically?231

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