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dc.contributor.authorCornileus, Tonya Harris
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T18:55:33Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T18:55:33Z
dc.date.issued2010-08
dc.identifier.othercornileus_tonya_h_201008_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/cornileus_tonya_h_201008_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/26597
dc.description.abstractMore African Americans have careers in corporate America than at any other time in the nation’s history. However, even with greater access and participation, studies indicate African Americans continue to encounter racism and disparate treatment, which impedes their career development. African American men are especially vulnerable, though there is little research that focuses solely on their experiences. The lack of attention to African American professional men in corporate America is problematic because it has rendered invisible the range of experiences germane to them as they too encounter gendered racism, meaning they are subjects of prejudice, negative stereotypes and oppression because they are both Black and men – “blackmen”(Mutua, 2006). The purpose of this study was to critically examine the impact of racism on the career development of African American professional men in corporate America. Four research questions guided the study: (1) how do African American professional men describe their career development? (2) how has racism shaped the career development of African American professional men? (3) what factors influence the career development of African American professional men? and (4) what strategies do African American professional men employ to negotiate the impact of racism on their career development? A critical qualitative research design was chosen for this study. The study included 14 African American professional men who held positions at mid-management or higher in their respective companies. The findings revealed that African American professional men experience both repressive structures and facilitative structures as they negotiate the impact of racism on their career development. From the findings, I concluded four things: (1) personal identity and cultural identity influence the career development of African American professional men; (2) gendered racism constrains the career development of African American professional men in ways not experienced by White men or African American women; (3) African American professional men’s careers develop through internal and external organizational resources and through formal and informal learning; and (4) African American professional men learn to employ a range of strategies to negotiate the impact of racism on their career development.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectAdult Learning
dc.subjectAfrican American Professional Men
dc.subjectBicultural Strategies
dc.subjectBlack Feminist Thought
dc.subjectBlack Male Identity
dc.subjectBlack Masculinity
dc.subjectCareer Development
dc.subjectCritical Race Theory
dc.subjectCultural Identity
dc.subjectCulturally Relevant Career Development
dc.subjectDiversity
dc.subjectGende
dc.titleA critical examination of the impact of racism on the career development of African American professional men in corporate America
dc.typeDissertation
dc.description.degreePhD
dc.description.departmentLifelong Education, Administration, and Policy
dc.description.majorAdult Education
dc.description.advisorTalmadge Guy
dc.description.committeeTalmadge Guy
dc.description.committeeLaura L. Bierema
dc.description.committeeDeryl Bailey
dc.description.committeeDerrick Alridge


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