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

Race and the Invisible Hand: How White Networks Exclude Black Men from Blue-Collar Jobs
Author: Deirdre A. Royster
ISBN 13: 9780520239517
ISBN 10: 520239512
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2003-10-02
Format: Paperback
Pages: 242
List Price: $34.95

"Deirdre Royster's moving and engaging study convincingly and uniquely captures racial differences in school to work transition. Her data on and analysis of the differential employment experiences and outcomes of comparable young black and white working class males are very compelling. Race and the
Invisible Hand
is an important book that will be widely read and cited."—William Julius Wilson, author of The Bridge Over the Racial Divide

"As acute in its analysis as it is rich in ethnographic detail, Royster's captivating study shows in telling detail how inequalities in the securing of good working class jobs are reproduced in the anything-but-colorblind contemporary United States."—David Roediger, author of Colored White: Transcending the Racial Past

"An unflinching look at the experiences of young blue collar job-seekers on both sides of America's color line. This book powerfully demonstrates the hidden workings of racial discrimination today."—Chris Tilly, co- author of Stories Employers Tell: Race, Skill, and Hiring in America

"Timely and challenging, this book exposes race as the key arbiter of employment outcomes for young black and white men. This beautifully written study is absolutely essential for policy makers, educators and researchers."—Mary Romero, author of Maid in the USA

"An important study. As policymakers keep trying to improve blacks' employment opportunities with new versions of job training programs, Royster shows how irrelevant such efforts are as long as blacks lack access to essential social contacts."—James E. Rosenbaum, author of Beyond College for All: Career Paths for the Forgotten Half

"A powerful and original empirical account that persuasively demonstrates how visible hands invisibly reproduce racial inequality in the blue collar trades. Systematically comparing young black and white men who share the same educational credentials, grades, attendance records, commitment to hard work, motivation and character, Royster convincingly illustrates the process through which white students gain the inside track to jobs. Differential employment outcomes, she demonstrates conclusively, are the result of bad old-fashioned race discrimination in new guises."—David Wellman, author of Portraits of White Racism

"Accessibly written, Race and the
Invisible Hand
makes visible the powerful role of racially segregated and race-conscious social networks in creating labor market inequality. This important book is theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich—a must read for students and scholars interested in social networks, employment inequality and how race really works in the United States today."—Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, author of Gender and Racial
Inequality at Work

"A vitally important contribution to the literature on employment opportunities and race.
In a period in which affirmative action is under increasingly bold attack from those who argue that market forces alone should shape employment decisions, this book provides strong empirical support that racially-homogenous acquaintance networks routinely trump the market. One can only hope that appellate and Supreme Court justices read this book."—Troy Duster, co-author of Whitewashing Race

"This beautifully written book blows apart the notion that black young men don't get decent blue collar jobs because of their own deficiencies. . .. This is a unique and powerful study of the way racial disadvantage is perpetuated in the working class, even in this era of so-called color blindness. I predict it will be a classic."—Edna Bonacich, coauthor of Behind the Label