Rutgers Business School professor Nancy DiTomaso wins C. Wright Mills Award for The American Non-Dilemma

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Rutgers Business School 
professor Nancy DiTomaso’s provocative book The American Non-Dilemma: Racial Inequality without Racism has received the C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

DiTomaso, who teaches organization management and is also vice dean for faculty and research at Rutgers, was among five finalists whose works were selected from 77 nominated books. The award, which recognizes a book published in 2013, was announced during the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems on Aug. 16 in San Francisco.

In The American Non-Dilemma, DiTomaso examines how people get jobs and reveals that for many, job offers are a result of relationships and networking, which DiTomaso argues create “hidden” forms of racial inequality for blacks and other minority job seekers whose networks are not as well established.

The Russell Sage Foundation, which published The American Non-Dilemma, said in its review of the book that DiTomaso "convincingly argues that America’s enduring racial divide is sustained more by whites’ preferential treatment of members of their own social networks than by overt racial discrimination.”

When the book was published last year, it inspired a wave of public discourse on corporate hiring practices and unemployment rates among African-Americans as well as long-standing policy issues like affirmative action. It was also widely covered by the media in articles and opinion pieces appearing publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

"I am extremely appreciative to win the C. Wright Mills award,” DiTomaso said. "This is one of the most prestigious awards for books in the social sciences, but it also importantly symbolizes for those who do research and writing on issues of inequality and justice, an affirmation of work that attempts to speak both to public and academic audiences.”

 “I am thrilled that my book has been given this honor," she said.

The American Non-Dilemma was named runner up for the Academy of Management’s George R. Terry Award earlier this month, and it also won the American Sociological Association’s Section on Inequality, Poverty and Mobility book award for 2014.

The other finalists for the C. Wright Mills Award were: Vincanne Adams’Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina;Randol Contreras’ The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence and the American Dream; Marcus Anthony Hunter’s Black Citymakers: How the Phildelphia Negro Changed Urban America; and Jill A. McCorkel’s,Breaking Women: Gender, Race and the New Politics of Imprisonment.