The identity impact of witnessing selective incivility: a study of minority ethnic professionals


We examine how minority ethnic employees account for witnessing selective incivility to ethnically similar others. Our study is based on qualitative interviews with British Asian employees – the majority who witnessed incivility directed towards migrant Asian employees working for the same company. Our findings indicate that, for those whose minority ethnic identity was of central importance, witnessing selective incivility towards others from a similar ethnic background can be perceived as an identity threat. We provide insights into three identity work strategies undertaken by witnesses of selective incivility, while illuminating how minority ethnic identity shapes the way witnesses' respond to selective incivility in the workplace.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2022 The British Psychological Society.
Uncontrolled Keywords: diversity,ethnic identity,identity work,incivility,third party witnesses,Applied Psychology,Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Publication ISSN: 0963-1798
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2024 08:19
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2023 09:56
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2023-03
Published Online Date: 2022-10-28
Accepted Date: 2022-10-05
Authors: Fernando, Dulini (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-3388-3308)
Kenny, Etlyn



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