Gray Areas: How the Way We Work Perpetuates Racism and What We Can Do To Fix It

Amistad: HarperCollins. Oct. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9780063079816. $29.99. SOC SCI
In this informative book, Wingfield (sociology, Washington Univ.; Flatlining) demonstrates how workplace environments still facilitate racial offenses and inequalities in what she calls the “gray areas” of relationships, networks, and advancement of Black workers. The book highlights the experiences, gathered through multiple interviews over an extended period, of seven Black workers from various professions: business, medicine, higher education, and gig work, to name a few. Their stories are presented in a reader-friendly fashion, absent of theoretical jargon, making the content accessible to a wider audience. Their experiences are relatable and will resonate with many readers, regardless of their race or ethnicity. Most notably, Wingfield concludes each of the three sections with a helpful summary that connects the main points to previous chapters, plus key takeaways and actionable items aimed at various roles within any given company. This transforms the text into a teaching tool to help implement recommended changes.
VERDICT This title highlights the growing need for more qualitative research covering these exact types of experiences across all marginalized groups within the workforce. Both public and academic libraries will want to consider adding it to their collections.
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