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    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.

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    Abstract

    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.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): British black Caribbean, careers, ethnic identity, ethnicity, organizations, work
    School: School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: Etlyn Kenny
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2013 08:22
    Last Modified: 11 Feb 2021 05:01
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/6331

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