What can organizations learn from the 2016 U.S. election in order to gain an understanding of today’s American workforce, and their fears about the future? What are the implications of the rise of populism for the future of work, and how can business leaders learn to navigate the turbulent transatlantic waters as protectionism rises on both sides of the Atlantic.
AmCham Sweden cordially invites you to join us for a breakfast seminar with Harvard Business Review (HBR) and author Joan C. Williams.
Professor Williams is the Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law and the author of the most-read article in HBR’s 90-plus year history, as well as the follow-up book, White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America.
Described as having "something approaching rock star status" by the New York Times, Joan will explain why so much of the elite's analysis of the white working class is misguided, and rooted in class cluelessness.
Joan will be joined by Sarah Green Carmichael, Senior Editor at Harvard Business Review. Sarah also hosts the HBR IdeaCast - a podcast which has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards under her tenure. Sarah has most recently been actively contributing to HBR’s commentary on Managing #MeToo, and the Women at Work podcast series.
Around the world, populist movements are gaining traction among the white working class. Meanwhile, members of the professional elite―journalists, managers, and establishment politicians--are on the outside looking in, left to argue over the reasons. In White Working Class, Joan C. Williams, described as having "something approaching rock star status" by the New York Times, explains why so much of the elite's analysis of the white working class is misguided, rooted in class cluelessness.
Williams explains that many people have conflated "working class" with "poor"--but the working class is, in fact, the elusive, purportedly disappearing middle class. They often resent the poor and the professionals alike. But they don't resent the truly rich, nor are they particularly bothered by income inequality. Their dream is not to join the upper middle class, with its different culture, but to stay true to their own values in their own communities--just with more money. While white working-class motivations are often dismissed as racist or xenophobic, Williams shows that they have their own class consciousness.
White Working Class is a blunt, bracing narrative that sketches a nuanced portrait of millions of people who have proven to be a potent political force. For anyone stunned by the rise of populist, nationalist movements, wondering why so many would seemingly vote against their own economic interests, or simply feeling like a stranger in their own country, White Working Class will be a convincing primer on how to connect with a crucial set of workers--and voters.