The Face of Discrimination: How Race and Gender Impact Work and Home Lives

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - Business & Economics - 242 pages
Thousands of individuals are discriminated against each year due to their race or sex, even 40 years after the Civil Rights Act. The Face of Discrimination documents the forms, character, and implications of race and sex discrimination at work and in housing, drawing from archived discrimination suits themselves. Going beyond traditional social science research on the topic, this book grounds the reader in the reality of discrimination as it is played out in the actual jobs, neighborhoods, and lives of real people. The systematic approach taken by Roscigno and his team of collaborators, in concert with the qualitative material used throughout, sheds significant light on an important, and contributes specifically to the understanding of employer biases, sexual harassment, structural inequalities in where workers are placed occupationally, why housing segregation persists, and how discrimination in housing and work take a toll on individuals in their daily lives.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Race Discrimination in Employment
21
Race Attitudes and the Alternative Realities of Workers and Bosses
39
Sex Discrimination in Employment
57
How Sexual Harassment Happens
73
Discrimination in Public and Private Economic Sectors
89
Competitive Threat and Isolation at Work
103
The Experiences of Black and White and High and LowStatus Women
121
Discrimination and African American Men A Precarious Historical Legacy
135
Race and the Process of Housing Discrimination
153
The Contexts of Housing Discrimination
171
Housing and Sex Discrimination
187
Conclusion
203
Bibliography
219
Index
239
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Vincent J. Roscigno is a Professor of Sociology at the Ohio State University. His research focuses on historical and contemporary issues of social stratification, institutions, education and work, and collective mobilization. He is currently co-editor (with Randy Hodson) of the American Sociological Review.

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