Critical race theory and inequality in the labour market

Racial stratification in Ireland

By Ebun Joseph

Critical race theory and inequality in the labour market


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3439-4
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: July 2020
  • BIC Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations, Society & social sciences / Sociology: work & labour, Society & social sciences / Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Sociology, Ethnic studies, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Race & Ethnic Relations, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
  • Series: Manchester University Press


This book presents racial stratification as the underlying system that accounts for the differential in outcomes in the labour market. It employs critical race theory to discuss the operation, research, maintenance and impact of racial stratification. Making innovative use of a stratification framework to expose the pervasiveness of racial inequality, this book teaches readers how to use critical race theory to investigate the racial hierarchy and develop a race consciousness. Using Ireland as a case study, Ebun Joseph examines how migrants navigate the labour market and respond to their marginality.

Representing the first study in Europe to examine inequality, racism and discrimination in the labour market from a racial stratification perspective, this book offers scholars a method to conduct empirical study of racial stratification across different countries without an over-reliance on secondary data. While based on a study of Ireland, Joseph's theoretical approach and insight into migrant perspectives will appeal to readers interested in social justice, diversity and inclusion, race and ethnicity, and critical whiteness and migration.


1 Race: The unmarked marker in racialised hierarchical social systems
2 Migration, whiteness and Irish racism
3 Evidence of racial stratification in Ireland: Comparing the labour market outcomes of Spanish, Polish and Nigerian migrants
4 A framework for exposing racial stratification: Theory and methodology
5 Knowing your place: Racial stratification as a 'default' starting position
6 Intersecting stratifiers: How migrants change their place on the labour supply chain
7 Minority agency, experiences and reconstructed identities: How migrants negotiate racially stratifying systems
8 Policing the racial order through the group favouritism continuum
Conclusion: Towards critical race theory in labour market



Ebun Joseph is a Lecturer in Black Studies at University College Dublin

Critical race theory and inequality in the labour market

By Ebun Joseph

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