What progress have African Americans made in corporate America? This book examines the evidence by drawing on studies of almost 200 black corporate managers and their families. A past president of the New York State Council on Family Relations, author Susan D. Toliver, shows that black families have progressed in corporate America, but the inroads are uneven. Toliver takes a penetrating look at how the cultural identity of black families has been influenced by their participation in corporate America. She also suggests that corporations deepen their commitment to cultural diversity, not in name onlyùbut work to emphasize the talents and develop the strengths of the African American community. Black Families in Corporate America explores the following areas: + Shifting gender dynamics within the families of black managers + Changes in approaches to parenting + Issues of racial identity within corporations and the professional black community Black Families in Corporate America will appeal to scholars in ethnic studies, multicultural counseling, family theory, sociology, social work, personnel management, organizational development, and cross-cultural psychology.

Inside-Outside: Themes of Marginality

Inside-outside: Themes of marginality

Sometimes I walk into a meeting with people who are junior to me in the company and I'm not sure if they are responding to me as they do because I'm black, because of my position, or both.

WilliamMurray, black male manager

This chapter explores the concept of marginality theoretically and experientially. Its aims are to speak to the difficulties and morass of marginality, and to build a positive appreciation for the uniquely valuable status of marginality. The findings suggest that although black corporate managers struggle through the quandaries of marginal status, upwardly mobile black families also can and do enjoy the benefits of their success in corporate America, and at the same time appreciate and enjoy their African American ...

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