Communicating Life and Career Transitions
Edited By Suchitra Shenoy-Packer and Elena Gabor
Immigrant workers’ narratives of work and its nuances in an adopted country offer many hitherto muted, invisible, and/or purposely silenced perspectives. A variety of new and familiar terms – concepts such as career inheritance, aphorisms, cultural adaptation, acculturation, and cultural distance – and culture-specific terms such as ganas and consejos are discussed alongside the inherent struggles of identity construction across borders.
While the contributors represent diversity in co-cultural affiliations, national origin, and immigration experiences encountered both personally and professionally, the stories of immigrants represent an even larger number of countries and cultures.
This volume compels the academic community to acknowledge immigrants as workers whose voices matter and whose sense and processes of meaning-making is nuanced, complex, and multi-dimensional. Immigrant workers’ voices can contribute significantly to the rich growth of research in organizational communication, meanings of work, career studies, cross-cultural management, psychology of work, and work and society.
x | acknowledgments Finally, as friends and colleagues who first met in graduate school at Purdue University, we (Suchitra and Elena) want to acknowledge the tremendous sup- port we find in each other through all of life’s many adventures. From India and Romania to Purdue and to our respective professional objectives and beyond, our immigrant journeys will always ensure an unbreakable bond of familiarity, friend- ship, and implicit understanding between us. We look forward to many more collaborations.
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