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Mieroop, Dorien Van De and Stephanie Schnurr, eds. 2017. Identity Struggles. Evidence from workplaces around the world. (Discourse approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 69). John Benjamins. xi, 457 pp
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Book – edited volume
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This collection provides a kaleidoscopic view of a range of identity struggles in the workplace context. It features twenty-two case studies that present an eclectic mix of workplaces in different socio-cultural contexts. They include, among others, household workers in Peru and Hong Kong, female professionals in India and the UK, social workers in Botswana and on Canadian reserves, tourist guides in Europe and construction workers in New Zealand. The volume addresses important questions on professional competence, group membership, (sometimes competing) expectations, and identity boundaries. The chapters establish that identity struggles are a reflection of issues of knowledge, competing norms and attempts for social change.