Struggles for recognition: The politics of racioethnic identity among Dutch national tax administrators
Summary Despite the growing importance of migration flows for the workforce of contemporary organizations, studies on racioethnic identity of migrant and non-migrant employees have contributed relatively little to the literature on identity in organizations. Based on fieldwork among the employees of the Dutch tax administration, this paper contributes to functional, interpretive and critical orientations on identity in organizations. To functional orientations, this study adds that racioethnic identity not necessarily triggers racioethnic categorization and group belongingness, but may also feed a quest for individuality. Such categorization processes are highly contextual, in this case driven by 'White' organizational practices and by migrants-hostile discourse in society. Contributing to interpretive orientations, this study shows that such practices and discourses impose much more solid and fixed identity categories than the fluid notions these orientations privilege. Finally, contributing to critical orientations, this study demonstrates the need for distinguishing between employees' identity aims and their power to secure recognition for these aims and between organizational and societal discourses that curb their power.
If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.
Volume (Year): 25 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
|Contact details of provider:|| Web page: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/872/description#description|
|Order Information:|| Postal: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/872/bibliographic|
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:eee:scaman:v:25:y:2009:i:1:p:73-84. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Shamier, Wendy)
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.