Race and the Dynamics of Men’s Mobility into Management from Working Class Jobs

George Wilson, Bryan Lagae

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Within the context of the “particularistic mobility thesis” we examine African American/White differences in the incidence, determinants and timing of mobility into management at a refined level, namely, when groups share similar “rank and file” and “elite blue collar” working class jobs. Findings from a Panel Study of Income Dynamics sample of men support theory and indicate that from both job categories, African Americans, relative to Whites, have lower rates of mobility, reach management through a route that is relatively formal and structured by a traditional range of stratification-based causal factors and take longer to reach management. Further, as predicted by theory, racial disadvantage experienced by African Americans are greater among those tracked from rank and file than elite blue collar jobs. Discussed are implications of the findings for understanding African American disadvantage in the American labor market on both an intra-and inter-generational basis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalReview of Black Political Economy
StateAccepted/In press - Aug 2 2017


  • Inequality
  • Mobility
  • Occupations
  • Race
  • Working class

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics and Econometrics


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