What happens to black health care professionals in the new economy, where work is insecure and resources are scarce? In Flatlining, Adia Harvey Wingfield exposes how organizations serving communities of color participate in “racial outsourcing,” heavily relying on black doctors, nurses, technicians, and physician assistants to pick up the slack and perform “equity work”—labor that varies by gender and helps organizations to be accessible to minority communities. Wingfield argues that as organizations become more focused on profit and less beholden to employees, they depend on black health care workers to do this work but offer fewer resources and while maintaining the expectation of high levels of service to the community. At the intersection of work, race, gender, and class, Wingfield makes plain the harrowing challenges that black employees must overcome and reveals the complicated issues of inequality in today’s workplaces and communities.
“I’ve always been interested as a sociologist and a researcher in trying to better understand how issues related to race, gender, and inequality persist in professional workplaces.” — Adia Harvey Wingfield, …Read More >