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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.
Author(s): Purchase S, Ellis N, Mallett O, Theingi T
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: British Journal of Management
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
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