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The Ineffable Strangeness Of Race

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African Americans in executive-level positions in the United States today must deal with extremely complex social dynamics. As blacks they are identified first and foremost as members of a historically stigmatized group; as corporate executives they are identified as members of an elite and powerful class. This ethnographic case study examining their problems and efforts to deal with them will yield insights into the situation not only of black executives but also of marginalized minorities more generally. The affirmative action initiatives and policies had their most direct and immediate effect on blacks who were well prepared and poised to take advantage of any opportunity that arose in the occupational system. In managing the various and sundry issues of the corporate world, members of the periphery like to appear to be color-blind, indicating that race plays a limited role in their understanding of the social world.

Keywords:African Americans; black executives; corporate world; social dynamics; United States



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