Ethnic identity positioning at work: Understanding professional career experiences

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In our effort to uncover, understand, and make sense of career experiences of ethnic diverse employees in a professional service firm in the Netherlands, we unraveled ethnic identity construction through analyzing accounts of individual sensemaking, interaction, and institutional practices. The analysis of 26 semi-structured interviews of dominant and minority ethnic professionals shows how both dominant and minority ethnic identity construction is conflated with processes of "othering" in relation to the hegemonic norm. We illustrate and problematize the emergence of the normalization of othering by highlighting its potential consequences for individual career experiences. By opening up the discussion of identity matters in professionals' career experiences, we suggests means to move away from normalized processes of othering by making room for alterity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-525
JournalScandinavian Journal of Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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