Equality Diversity Inclusion Conference, Athens, Greece, 1-3 July 2013
Stream 8: Insider/Outsider/Insider: Racial and Ethnic Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Work
Dr. Diane Nititham-Tunney, National-Louis University, USA
Ms Kirsti Rawstron, University of Wollongong, Australia
There are many axes of differentiation and difference in the workplace, of which race is one of the most prominent. Race, although widely accepted as a social construction, has real and significant effects. These effects are ongoing, contradictory, often self-reinforcing, and performed by social actors, alongside the macro social institutions and micro daily activities (Haney Lopez 1995). In addition, few people recognize the depth of race and racism (Haney Lopez 1995; Tyagi 1996; Spears 1998), which can complicated the experiences of those who are already marginalized in larger society.
This stream invites theoretical and empirical papers which explore aspects of ethnicity and race in employment, particularly from an intersectional perspective. We welcome papers from researchers and practitioners; from insiders and outsiders both, dealing with aspects of racial and ethnic inclusion in a range of occupations, groupings, and countries. We are interested in the challenges that people face when approaching research, and how they handle issues of inclusivity and belonging, including their own struggles with how they are perceived or perceive their subjects (Knowles 2006). Potential themes could include the intersection of race with sexuality or ability in work, empirical studies of insiders and outsiders within particular occupations and nations, or self-reflective and methodological papers on how the notion of insider/outsider can be complicated in working towards equality.
Some questions we seek to address include:
• How does race work to construct insider and outsider positions within employment?
• How have these perspectives changed over time?
• How can workplaces become more inclusive and diverse with respects to ethnicity?
• How can we, as researchers, be sensitive to and enhance their own reflectivity on insider/outsider identity?
• To what extent does intersectionality impact upon the creation of insider/outsider identities within employment?
Key words: race, ethnicity, insider, outsider, belonging
We seek full drafts of papers by 1 February 2013. Please see the EDI website for more details on submission: http://www.edi-conference.org/index.php
Publication plans: Papers presented could potentially be submitted to a special edition of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion journal.
Haney López, I. F. (1996) ‘The Social Construction of Race’ in Delgado, R. (ed) Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge (Philadelphia: Temple University Press)
Knowles, C. (2006) 'Handling Your Baggage in the Field: Reflections on Research Relationships', Social Research Methodology, 9 (5), pp. 393-404
Tyagi, S. (1996) 'Writing in Search of a Home' in Thompson, B. & Tyagi, S. (eds), Names We Call Home: Autobiography on Racial Identity (New York: Routledge)
Spears, A. K. (1999) 'Race and Ideology: An Introduction' in Spears, A. K. (ed), Race and Ideology: Language, Symbolism, and Popular Culture (Detroit: Wayne State University Press)
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