BIROn - Birkbeck Institutional Research Online

    Increases in salience of ethnic identity at work: the roles of ethnic assignation and ethnic identification

    Kenny, Etlyn J. and Briner, Rob B. (2013) Increases in salience of ethnic identity at work: the roles of ethnic assignation and ethnic identification. Human Relations 66 (5), pp. 725-748. ISSN 0018-7267.

    6331.pdf - Author's Accepted Manuscript

    Download (560kB) | Preview


    To better understand how ethnicity is actually experienced within organisations, we examined reported increases in ethnic identity salience at work and responses to such increases. Thirty British black Caribbean graduate employees were interviewed about how and when they experienced their ethnic identity at work. The findings demonstrated that increased salience in ethnic identity was experienced in two key ways: through ‘ethnic assignation’ (a ‘push’ towards ethnic identity) and ‘ethnic identification’ (a ‘pull’ towards ethnic identity). We explore how and when ethnic assignation and ethnic identification occur at work, and their relevance to how workplaces are experienced by this group of minority ethnic employees. The findings suggest the need for further research attention to the dynamic and episodic nature of social identity, including ethnic identity, within organisations, and to the impact of such increases in salience of social identities on behaviour at work.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): British black Caribbean, careers, ethnic identity, ethnicity, organizations, work
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Etlyn Kenny
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2013 08:22
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:02


    Activity Overview
    6 month trend
    6 month trend

    Additional statistics are available via IRStats2.

    Archive Staff Only (login required)

    Edit/View Item Edit/View Item