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Racism and Paid Work

Racism and Paid Work

Copyright Date: 1996
Edition: 2
Pages: 118
  • Book Info
    Racism and Paid Work
    Book Description:

    This book explicitly addresses racism in the paid workplace, showing how racism, and by corollary sexism, are systemic to society.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-0289-2
    Subjects: Sociology

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Preface
    (pp. vii-viii)
    Tania Das Gupta
  4. Chapter 1 Theoretical Framework: Class, Racism and Gender
    (pp. 1-34)

    This book explicitly addresses racism in paid workplaces in Canada. The case studies of the garment industry and of the nursing profession are based in Ontario. The province of Ontario has historically played a very significant role vis à vis the development of capitalism in the country; it has been part of an industrial heartland, and immigrants and people of colour, men and women alike, have played crucial roles in that developmental process. Demographically, about 60 per cent of immigrants settle in Ontario and most concentrate around Metropolitan Toronto. This region also has a significant proportion of people of colour...

  5. Chapter 2 Manifestations of Racism from Management
    (pp. 35-40)

    This chapter provides examples of how management practices can create an environment for systemic racism.

    The following manifestations, described in a) to d) relate to management’s perception of what constitutes a “threat” from workers of colour and management’s efforts to preserve their own power. The perceived threat from workers of colour may be related to the everyday culture of racism.

    Targeting occurs when one worker is singled out for differential treatment – harsher scrutiny, severe discipline or less desirable work assignments. Targeting is usually used to isolate, silence and fire a worker of colour. Workers of colour may be subjected to...

  6. Chapter 3 Racism in the Garment Industry
    (pp. 41-68)

    Toronto’s garment industry within national and international development is the focus of this chapter. My research in this industry has involved a number of techniques over the past 13 years. I have read historical reports, union documents and secondary literature on this industry and then supplemented that with in-depth personal interviews with garment workers. The latter were conducted in two time periods. The first group of interviews was held between 1981 and 1985 with garment workers contacted through the Toronto office of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and through various personal contacts within the South Asian and Greek...

  7. Chapter 4 Racism in Nursing
    (pp. 69-92)

    This chapter describes and analyzes the existence of racism in nursing, revealing consistent patterns of covert and overt forms of racism faced by Black nurses in Ontario.

    Research on racism in nursing is sparse, even though analyses of gender, sexism and class in this profession are more readily available.¹ I will explore systemic practices of racism as well as document the “everyday culture” of racism in hospitals, particularly in reference to Black female nurses. Even though I dwell on the experience and practices of racism in general, in particular I examine the experiences of women and members of the middle...

  8. Chapter 5 Resisting Racism in the Workplace
    (pp. 93-104)

    No discussion of racism, sexism and classism is complete without exploring the ways to resist or fight these oppressions. This chapter will present a few options individuals and groups have used. These strategies combine aspects of advocacy, counselling, community education and community action. They are not mutually exclusive and, in most situations, it is advisable to use more than one strategy.

    One of the best and quickest ways of redressing a case of racial harassment is to rely on anti-harassment and anti-discrimination clauses in one’s collective agreement. One advantage is that the grievance procedure that is prescribed is clear and...

  9. Bibliography
    (pp. 105-112)
  10. Index
    (pp. 113-117)