This paper presents the preliminary results of an ethnographic study of refugees in a combined language course and job-training programme in a Danish supermarket. As part of a larger project investigating the formation of social and linguistic norms in transient multilingual workplaces, the current study focuses on gatekeeping mechanisms for refugees trying to access the Danish job market, specifically during the process of transitioning from the job-training programme to a real job in the same organisation. Based on ethnographic observations and interviews with refugees, their Danish colleagues, and the organisational gatekeepers (managers and HR representatives), the project investigates the following research question: How do discourses about Danish language competences and Danish cultural competences influence the refugees’ opportunities for gaining employment? The analysis focuses on how different discourses are linked with the social and hierarchical positions of the participants, e.g. as managers and gatekeepers or as refugees and job seekers. In line with the theme of the panel, the paper also draws attention to the variety of roles and identities constructed for and by the researcher in critical ethnographic workplace research. The aim is to provide insights into how reflections on researcher positionality become particularly important when working with under-privileged participants.


Antal sider10
StatusUdgivet - 2017
BegivenhedThe 11th International Symposium on Bilingualism. ISB11 - University of Limerick, Limerick, Irland
Varighed: 11 jun. 201715 jun. 2017
Konferencens nummer: 11


KonferenceThe 11th International Symposium on Bilingualism. ISB11
LokationUniversity of Limerick

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