Approaching the Analysis of Leadership and Ethnicity

Janet Holmes, Meredith Marra and Bernadette Vine

in Leadership, Discourse, and Ethnicity

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199730759
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918454 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics

Approaching the Analysis of Leadership and Ethnicity

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This chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to examine leadership discourse in the workplace. It focuses, in particular, on how leaders communicate in “ethnicized” organizations. In ethnicized workplaces, ethnicity acts as a taken-for-granted backdrop, crucial for interpreting everyday workplace communication; ethnic values underpin the guidelines or norms that influence the way people interact and the ways in which they construct different aspects of their identity, including their ethnicity. The chapter discusses a theoretical model for analyzing workplace discourse which reflects a “realist” position on the relationship between structure and agency. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: leadership; ethnicity; workplace discourse; ethnicized organizations; workplace communication

Chapter.  9585 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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