Oppositional identities and employment for ethnic minorities: evidence from England

Battu, Harminder and Zenou, Yves (2010) Oppositional identities and employment for ethnic minorities: evidence from England. The Economic Journal, 120, (542), F52-F71. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0297.2009.02337.x).


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Where a community or group is socially excluded from a dominant group, some individuals of that group may identify with the dominant culture and others may reject that culture. The aim of this article is to investigate this issue by empirically analysing the potential trade-off for ethnic minorities between sticking to their own roots and labour market success. We find that the social environment of individuals and attachments to culture of origin has a strong association with identity choice. Our results also suggest that those non-whites who have preferences that accord with being oppositional do experience an employment penalty.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1468-0297.2009.02337.x
ISSNs: 0013-0133 (print)
1468-0297 (electronic)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences
ePrint ID: 339652
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
February 2010Published
Date Deposited: 29 May 2012 08:58
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:28
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/339652

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