This book is a study of the challenges, issues, and obstacles facing black professional workers in the United States. Though they have always been a part of the U.S. labor force, black professionals have often been overlooked in media, research, and public opinion. Ironically, however, their experiences offer a particularly effective way to understand how race shapes social life, opportunities, and upward mobility. As the 21st century continues to usher in increasing demographic, social, and economic change to the United States, it is critical to consider the impact this will have on an important sector of the labor force. In this book, I examine the reasons why sociological study of black professional workers is important and valuable, review the literature that examines their experiences in the workplace, and consider the issues and challenges they are likely to face in a rapidly shifting social world.
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Table of Contents
1. Why Study Black Professionals? 2. What We Know: Black Professionals' Experiences 3. Going Forward: Issues and Implications for Present and Future
Adia Harvey Wingfield is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgia State University. She is the author of Doing Business with Beauty: Black Women, Hair Salons, and the Racial Enclave Economy (2008), Yes We Can? White Racial Framing and the 2008 Presidential Campaign (2009), and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles.