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"Black Women's Labor Market Status: Occupational Segregation in the United States and Great Britain"

by King, Mary C (1995)


An initial exploration of the comparative labor market situation of black women in the United States and Great Britain reveals that race and gender play similar roles in allocating people among broad occupations in both nations despite differences in historical circumstances. However, a closer examination based upon measures of occupational segregation shows that labor market dynamics are quite different. Public employment and education do not reduce racial segregation in Britain as they do in the United States, and the immigrant status of many black Britons does not explain these differences. Only youth is associated with reduced segregation in both countries.

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Black Women, Gender, Gendered Labour, Race, Racialised Labour, Intersectionality, Female Labour, Minority Groups, Division Of Labour, Immigration


Black Women, Occupational Segregation

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