Religious Social Identities in the Hybrid Self-presentations of Sikh Businesspeople

Sharon Purchase, Nick Ellis, Oliver Mallett, Theingi Theingi

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This paper explores the identity work practices of Thai Sikh businesspeople. The paper focuses on two important social identities in participants’ self-presentations – those derived from religious (Sikh) and western business discourses – and identifies powerful tensions in their hybrid identity work. Conducting discourse analysis on identity work practices within interview settings, the authors explore how participants resolve, accommodate or reject these discursive tensions while attempting stable and coherent hybrid self-presentations. They identify several different forms of hybridity, including what they term ‘equipollence’, which occurs when two equally powerful, contradictory discourses are incorporated in self-presentations, producing potentially irresolvable intersections and leading to a lack of coherence. Contributions are made to the literatures on religion and work, hybrid identity work processes and social identities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-117
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal of Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


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