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Being Different in the Workplace: Job Shifts into Other Workplaces and Shifts into Unemployment.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2004 (English)In: European Sociological Review, Vol. 20, no 3, 201-222 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study evaluates contradictory theoretical predictions concerning consequences of belonging to a minority in a workplace context. The impact of workplace sex and ethnic composition on its constituent members' voluntary (workplace shifts) and involuntary (unemployment) mobility out of the workplace are assessed using a two-year panel sample of 170,433 employees in 1,928 Swedish workplaces. The results indicate that immigrants have a lower propensity to leave workplaces with relatively many immigrants. Moreover, minority women, as well as immigrants in workplaces with a high proportion of natives, run significantly larger risks of ending up in unemployment. These results largely support Kanter's and Blau's theories of demographic composition. In contrast to previous research, the ethnic dimension of organizations' demography seems to matter more than the sex dimension.

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2004. Vol. 20, no 3, 201-222 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19108DOI: doi:10.1093/esr/jch018OAI: diva2:185631
Available from: 2009-02-22 Created: 2009-02-22 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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