Date of Award
Major Research Paper
Master of Arts (MA)
Immigration and Settlement Studies
This exploratory research investigates James Côté's concept of "identity captial" in a multicultural workplace environment. Guided by Pierre Bourdieu's theoretical approach to capital, the focus is to examine the strategic deployment of identity capital between adults in a multicultural immigrant-serving agency in Mississauga, Ontario. After conducting fifteen interviews, the findings can be broadly summarized by the following: first, identity capital is deployed in social situations with the clients, colleagues and supervisor in the workplace; second, the deployment of identity capital, through greeting, body language, finding connecting pieces or the method of communication is one unconsciously; third, the strategic deployment of identity capital is indvidualized to the audience; and fourth, identity presentations has the potential to benefit the individual, the audience and the community. This paper concludes that identity capital is a useful concept that demonstrates the varied resources individuals have in negotiating and navigating the changing social environment.
Ho, Mabel, ""We are chameleons" : exploring identity capital in a multicultural workplace environment" (2009). Theses and dissertations. Paper 514.