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Leadership, Discourse, and Ethnicity
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Leadership, Discourse, and Ethnicity

Janet Holmes, Meredith Marra, and Bernadette Vine


This book is about workplace discourse and it examines the relationships among leadership, ethnicity, and language use. Taking a social constructionist approach to the ways in which leadership is enacted through discourse, the book problematizes the concept of ethnicity and demonstrates the importance of context—particularly the community of practice—in determining what counts as relevant in the analysis of ethnicity. The chapters analyze everyday workplace interactions supplemented by interview data to examine the ways in which workplace leaders use language to achieve their transactional and ... More

Keywords: workplace discourse, leadership, ethnicity, language use, context, workplace interactions, Māori, Pākehā

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199730759
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730759.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet Holmes, author
Victoria University of Wellington

Meredith Marra, author
Victoria University Wellington

Bernadette Vine, author
Victoria University Wellington