Book Review: Racism at Work: The Danger of Indifference

Today I’m going reviewing the book: Racism at Work: The Danger of Indifference. There’s been quite a bit of media coverage about this book surrounding a high profile launch in the UK, this caught my attention as well because I know a number of people cited in the book.

In todays show I discuss several things including:

  • Why people should read this book and the reason why some probably won’t
  • The constructed nature of racism that most people are unaware of
  • The reasons how employee resource groups can be a symptom of racism in the workplace and much much more

Here’s some of what I share in the show:

Race is a social construct

I discuss how the modern concept of race was historically constructed

“This book is important because it challenges the notion that people are inherently racist or that racism is something that is natural or has always been with us”

Racism has Evolved

I describe how has evolved beyond prejudice to becoming an institutional trait of our society:

“The book made the point about how racism has developed from name calling to being more nuanced, subtle and therefore insidious”

Employee Resource Groups can be symptoms of Racism & Dated Policies

I explain how employee resource groups can be described as a symptom of racism”

“I agree with the book’s suggestion that resource groups that emphasise networking are a symptom of dated inclusion policies”

Show Notes

Racism at Work: The Danger of Indifference

Professor Binna Kandola

Pearn Kandola

My PhD Thesis

LSE Occupational Segregation Video

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