Throughout the history of the United States, fluctuations in cultural diversity, immigration, and ethnic group status have been closely linked to shifts in the economy and labor market. Over three decades after the beginning of the civil rights movement, and in the midst of significant socioeconomic change at the end of this century, scholars search for new ways to describe the persistent roadblocks to upward mobility that women and people of color still encounter in the workforce. In Glass Ceilings and Asian Americans, Deborah Woo analyzes current scholarship and controversies on the glass ceiling and labor market discrimination in conjunction with the specific labor histories of Asian American ethnic groups. She then presents unique, in-depth studies of two current sites--a high tech firm and higher education--to argue that a glass ceiling does in fact exist for Asian Americans, both according to quantifiable data and to Asian American workers' own perceptions of their workplace experiences. Woo's studies make an important contribution to understanding the increasingly complex and subtle interactions between ethnicity and organizational cultures in today's economic institutions and labor markets.
Woo skillfully brings together a scattered literature and contributes an interesting account of Asian American workers' promotion experiences and expectations in a high-tech firm. This book will serve as a valuable resource to researchers in the field of workplace inequality, who have noted the relative lack of materials on Asian Americans' experiences. Its comprehensive coverage of the socioeconomic status of Asian Americans and the barriers they continue to face will also make a nice addition to undergraduate and graduate classes.--Naomi Cassirer, (University of Notre Dame) "Work and Occupations "
chapter 1 Introduction chapter 2 The Myth of "Model Minorities": Obscuring Structural Sources of Inequality chapter 3 State of Research on the Glass Ceiling chapter 4 Virtual Segregation: A History of Asian Americans in the Labor Market chapter 5 The Educational Pipeline chapter 6 The Glass Ceiling at Aerospace Center chapter 7 The Bigger Picture chapter 8 Bibliography chapter 9 Index
Series: Critical Perspectives on Asian Pacific Americans
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 9th February 2000
Publisher: ALTA MIRA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.33