ERIC Number: ED200683
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Employment and Ethnicity.
Rozen, Freida Shoenberg
Occupational stratification based on ethnic group membership is still a part of American society. In the past, ethnic stratification was perceived in conjunction with ethnic succession and it was assumed that no group would be permanently relegated to low occupational status. Today, however, flaws in the system are showing. The idea that at the end of the twentieth century individuals of Polish or Italian descent should still be held back because of their ancestry is unacceptable. Present affirmative action programs address employment discrimination against women and some racial minorities but do not generally consider white ethnic groups. This is due partially to a lack of data on income and occupational status among such groups and partially to lack of perception regarding discrimination against them. Available figures suggest that economic prospects of "Euro-ethnics" are closely tied to the prospects of urban areas in the northeast and north central States, pointing to the need for economic revitalization policies targeted toward these areas. Other data indicate the need for employment training for Euro-ethnic groups, if they are to break out of circumscribed occupational categories. Also needed are better data (including data that differentiate religion within ethnic groups), comparative and community case studies, evaluation of affirmative action programs, and more research into urban problems, if discrimination against all Americans is to be eliminated. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Euro Americans
Note: Not available separately; see UD 021 324. Paper presented at a consultation sponsored by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Chicago, IL, December 3, 1979). For a related document see UD 021 331.