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After Civil Rights: Racial Realism in the New American by John D. Skrentny

By John D. Skrentny

What function should still racial distinction play within the American place of work? As a state, we depend on civil rights legislation to handle this query, and the enormous Civil Rights Act of 1964 possible responded it: race must never be an element in place of work judgements. In After Civil Rights, John Skrentny contends that once a long time of mass immigration, many employers, Democratic and Republican political leaders, and advocates have followed a brand new technique to deal with race and paintings. Race is now correct not just in destructive circumstances of discrimination, yet in additional optimistic methods in addition. In contemporary place of work, employers repeatedly perform "racial realism," the place they view race as real--as a task qualification. Many think worker racial changes, and occasionally immigrant prestige, correspond to distinctive talents or evoke fascinating reactions from consumers or electorate. in addition they see racial variety with a purpose to bring up place of work dynamism. the matter is that after employers see race as beneficial for organizational effectiveness, they can be in violation of civil rights law.

After Civil Rights examines this rising method in quite a lot of employment occasions, together with the low-skilled quarter, expert and white-collar jobs, and leisure and media. during this very important publication, Skrentny urges us to recognize the racial realism already happening, and lays out a chain of reforms that, if enacted, could deliver the legislation and lived adventure extra in line, but nonetheless stay respectful of the necessity to shield the civil rights of all workers.

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