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Religious Social Identities in the Hybrid Self-presentations of Sikh Businesspeople

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Oliver Mallett



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This paper explores the identity work practices of Thai Sikh businesspeople. We focus on two important social-identities in participants’ self-presentations -- those derived from religious (Sikh) and Western business discourses -- and identify powerful tensions in their hybrid identity work. Conducting discourse analysis on identity work practices within interview settings, we explore how participants resolve, accommodate or reject these discursive tensions while attempting stable and coherent hybrid self-presentations. We identify several different forms of hybridity, including what we term equipollence, which occurs when two equally powerful, contradictory discourses are incorporated in self-presentations, producing potentially irresolvable intersections and leading to a lack of coherence. Contributions are made to the literatures on religion and work, hybrid identity work processes and social-identities.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Purchase S, Ellis N, Mallett O, Theingi T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Management

Year: 2018

Volume: 29

Issue: 1

Pages: 99-117

Print publication date: 01/01/2018

Online publication date: 06/12/2017

Acceptance date: 04/10/2017

Date deposited: 06/10/2017

ISSN (print): 1045-3172

ISSN (electronic): 1467-8551

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/1467-8551.12268


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