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Migration and the labour market

Researchers:

Research focus:

What are the complexities of transcending boundaries and crossing geographical, national and linguistic borders in relation to accessing work?

Methodology:

We take an approach that draws on Critical Interactional Sociolinguistics, Critical Discursive Analysis and Critical (Institutional) Ethnography. We adopt a heuristic approach exploring the complex relationship between individual agency, hegemonic ideologies and existing societal structures which produce and reproduce power hierarchies.

Key findings:

  • The processes for negotiating and accessing work are deeply political and ideological.
  • Newcomers experience a linguistic penalty when they are labelled as ‘different’ and fail to talk and perform the way ‘we’ do.

To find out more:

Angouri, J. (2018). Culture, Discourse, and the Workplace. London: Routledge.

Angouri, J., M. Marra, & J. Holmes, (eds.). (2017). Negotiating Boundaries at Work: Talking and Transitions. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.