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Are Some Emotions Marked "White Only"? Racialized Feeling Rules in Professional Workplaces

Fri, November 5, 2010 • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM • BUR 214

Sociology of emotions research has focused on the ways that emotional performance can reproduce gender inequality, particularly in various occupations and organizations. Yet this research often overlooks the racial character of professional workplaces and how emotion work is experienced by racial/ethnic minorities. Based on 25 semi-structured interviews with black professionals, this talk addresses this gap in the literature by examining the ways that race shapes emotional performance in the professional work environment. I conclude that some emotions are, to an extent, marked “whites only” by virtue of the tokenization that black professionals experience in the workplace.
Professor Adia Harvey Wingfield (PhD John Hopkins, 2004) teaches sociology at Georgia State University. She has written widely on social stratification, work and occupations, and the intersections of race, class and gender. Professor Wingfield is the author of “Doing Business with Beauty: Black Women, Hair Salons, and the Racial Enclave Economy” (2008, Rowman and Littlefield), “Yes We Can? White Racial Framing and the 2008 Presidential Campaign” (with Joe Feagin, 2009 Routledge), and “Changing Times for Black Professionals” (2011, Routledge). 
Department of Sociology Race and Ethnicity Speaker Series, in conjunction with the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.
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