The dynamics of privilege: How employees of multinational corporation construct and contest the privileging effects of English proficiency

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

In this article we analyze how privilege is dynamically constructed as well as contested.A positioning analysis of interviews with employees of a multinational organization reveals the construction of a hierarchy of privilege. As this hierarchy is based on English proficiency along with other diversity dimensions, privilege is multifaceted. Furthermore, privilege is also contested. Contesting English-proficiency–related Privilege is connected to the speaker's position in the hierarchy of privilege. The Analysis shows that both category membership and specific competences and skills cumulate
to produce privileging effects, but also the possibilities for contesting privilege. At the same time, although the privilege gained by English proficiency is not invisible and is regularly contested, it is nevertheless silenced by those in advantage.

Authors Gaibrois, Claudine & Nentwich, Julia
Research Team Alexandria Link Publikationen, Alexandria LinkPublikationen
Journal or Publication Title Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences
Language English
Keywords discourse analysis, hierarchy of Privilege, intersectionality, language diversity, multinational corporations, Privilege, resistance
Subjects social sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 10 January 2020
Publisher Wiley Online Library
Page Range 1-15
Publisher DOI https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/cjas.1563
Depositing User Christina Ihasz
Date Deposited 17 Jan 2020 09:31
Last Modified 17 Jan 2020 11:03
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/258994

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Gaibrois, Claudine & Nentwich, Julia (2020) The dynamics of privilege: How employees of multinational corporation construct and contest the privileging effects of English proficiency. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 1-15.

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