By Eric Olmedo
This ebook investigates the interface of ethnicity with career, empirically saw in luxurious overseas inns in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It employs the 2 major disciplines of anthropology and sociology for you to comprehend the basis factors and that means of ethnicity at paintings in the hospitality quarter. extra particularly, it observes social swap in a multi-ethnic and non-secular society via an ethnographic research positioned in a micro agency: the Grand inn. on the person point, this learn indicates how identification shifts and transformation will be mediated throughout the intake and manipulation of nutrients on the place of work. additionally, it combines an formidable theoretical dialogue at the proposal of ethnicity including empirical facts that highlights how ethnicity is lived on a daily foundation at a place of work manifesting the dynamics of cultural, non secular and ethnic range. The e-book provides the quantitative and qualitative findings of 2 complementary surveys and pursues an interdisciplinary method, because it integrates methodologies from the sociology of businesses with vintage fieldwork equipment borrowed from ethnology, whereas combining French and Anglo-Saxon faculties of techniques on questions of identification and ethnicity. the result of the cultural touch taking place in a westernised pocket of the worldwide labour industry – during which social practices derive from the headquarters positioned in a society the place ethnicity is self-ascribed – with Malaysian social actors to whom ethnicity is assigned could be of specific curiosity for social scientists and common readers alike.
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Sinisa Malesevic qualifies the Barthian theory on ethnic group boundaries as “Copernican revolution” (Malesevic 2004: 2). Such superlatives drove me to look into a more fundamental aspect of the question at hand: what is the heuristic value of ethnicity? And ultimately, what are its limitations? Does ethnicity help us only to think out social difference, or could it be as well as a macrosociological paradigm that would enable to explain the construction of nations? In a microsociological perspective, can ethnicity be summoned to rethink the sense of action?
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