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Immigrant Workers and Meanings of Work

Communicating Life and Career Transitions

Edited By Suchitra Shenoy-Packer and Elena Gabor

This first-of-its-kind book uniquely captures the meanings of work expressed by immigrants. Their stories – from work histories to life transitions and professional journeys – are conscientiously and rigorously mapped by the academic insights of communication scholars, many of whom are immigrants themselves.
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.
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Names: Shenoy-Packer, Suchitra, editor. | Gabor, Elena, editor.Title: Immigrant workers and meanings of work: communicating life and career transitions /edited by Suchitra Shenoy-Packer, Elena Gabor.Description: New York: Peter Lang, [2016]Includes bibliographical references and index.Identifiers: LCCN 2015039075 | ISBN 978-1-4331-2830-1 (hardcover: alk. paper)ISBN 978-1-4331-2829-5 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4539-1751-0 (e-book)Subjects: LCSH: Immigrants—Employment. | Foreign workers. | Work ethic.Work—Social aspects. | Work—Psychological aspects.Classification: LCC HD6300.I4457 2016 | DDC 306.3/6086912—dc23LC record available at http://lccn.loc.gov/2015039075

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