Familiar Strangers: Two ‘Turkish’ employees in a Danish SME

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This chapter highlights how ethnic difference and national culture are ‘naturalized’ through organizational practices which render two ethnic-minority Turkish employees ‘familiar strangers’. Furthermore, the chapter explains how ethnic identity intersects with other socio-cultural categories, such as educational background, family relations, and work attitude. Hence, the exclusion of two employees with Turkish backgrounds becomes a process of interacting practices of a power play, which is based on a variety of perceived intersecting differences of which ethnicity is but one.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCases in Critical Cross-Cultural Management : An Intersectional Approach to Culture
EditorsJasmin Mahadevan, Henriett Primecz, Laurence Romani
Number of pages12
Publication dateNov 2019
ISBN (Print)9780815359340, 9780815383482
ISBN (Electronic)9781351121064
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019


  • Intersectionality and power relations
  • exclusion
  • Bourdieu
  • ethnic minorities
  • naturalization


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