Making visible the experiences of black professional men in white male-dominated occupations
No More Invisible Man
Race and Gender in Men's Work
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Adia Harvey Wingfield
The "invisible men" of sociologist Adia Harvey Wingfield's urgent and timely No More Invisible Man are African American professionals who fall between extremely high status, high-profile black men and the urban underclass. Her compelling interview study considers middle-class, professional black men and the challenges, obstacles, and opportunities they encounter in white male-dominated occupations.
No More Invisible Man chronicles these men's experiences as a tokenized minority in the workplace to show how issues of power and inequality exist—especially as they relate to promotion, mobility, and developing occupational networks. Wingfield's intersectional analysis deftly charts the ways that gender, race, and class collectively shape black professional men's work experiences.
In its examination of men's interactions with women and other men, as well as men's performances of masculinity and their emotional demeanors in these jobs, No More Invisible Man extends our understanding of racial- and gender-based dynamics in professional work.
"Adia Harvey Wingfield has long been a fighter for true equality, and this book is a wonderful addition to the work of a great career. No More Invisible Man goes into depth about how to make the country not just stronger but also more inclusive."
"Adia Harvey Wingfield accomplished something in No More Invisible Man that no other book I’ve read has even attempted. She explains and illuminates the professional hell that I—and countless other working black men—endure in white-dominated workplaces. Anyone—especially black men, who wear a workplace mask as part of our occupational uniform—desiring a deeper understanding of the impact that being an on-the-job minority plays in our psyche and identity must read this book. As grateful as I am to discover now her ‘partial tokenism’ theory as an explanation for what I’ve unknowingly experienced throughout my career, I wish I’d learned and absorbed its lessons many years earlier."
"For those who delve into Wingfield's book, the one thing they are guaranteed to come away with is a greater appreciation for the fact that for Black men who work professional jobs, the work involves so much more than just the work itself.... [No More Invisible Man] shows how entrenched and lingering racial stereotypes about the intelligence and aims of Black men often make the professional jobs they work much more complicated than they would otherwise be."
"What is unique about this book is the fact that very few studies focus on the issue of the black professional male across varied white-dominated professional spaces. Wingfield offers insight into the nuances involved in black male experiences at the professional level. Briefly, this study encapsulates how tricky it is to navigate the corridors of professional settings when confronted with age-old stereotypes. Summing Up: Recommended."
"Wingfield’s adeptness at relating each aspect of her findings to the wider scholarship on tokenism is one of this book’s main strengths.... [T]his is a revealing and thought-provoking study.... [that] provides some new insights into this somewhat neglected topic."
Adia Harvey Wingfield is Associate Professor of Sociology at Georgia State University. She is author of Changing Times for Black Professionals and Doing Business with Beauty: Black Women, Hair Salons, and the Racial Enclave Economy, and co-author (with Joe Feagin) of Yes We Can? White Racial Framing and the 2008 Presidential Campaign.