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Agency and coping strategies for ethnic and gendered minorities at work

Murray, P and Ali, F (2016) Agency and coping strategies for ethnic and gendered minorities at work. International Journal of Human Resource Management. ISSN 1466-4399

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Abstract

This study examines the comparative workplace experiences of twenty Muslim professional women from the United Kingdom and Australia classified as minorities in terms of their ethnic, religious, gender and migration status. Diversity as exclusion remains highly topical in extant diversity studies. For instance, Muslim migrants have often been stereotyped as sexually constrained, victimized, ignorant, poor, uneducated and tradition-bound. Muslim women may be highly discouraged if western workplaces are not conducive to social and cultural needs. By using human agency and coping theory, the study investigates the coping strategies of Muslim professional women, how they adapt, how they react and reflect on stressful workplace events such as discriminatory behaviour. Agency theory provides a basis by which to explore agent responses to organisational narratives in this study. Overall, the study finds that active coping and planning to deal with stressful events is important to ethnic minorities and that emotion-focused coping is used when less active planning is prevalent. The study lends support to the triple jeopardy effects of race-related ethnicity, work practices and gender. The findings pose challenges for Western feminist theory in terms of the interface between gender and religion and the freedom of expression of individual agents in the workplace.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International journal of Human Resource Management on 25 Apr 16, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2016.1166787
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business And Management, 1505 Marketing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Liverpool Business School
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2015 10:45
Last Modified: 25 May 2016 14:40
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2460

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