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Religious social-identities in the hybrid self-presentations of Sikh businesspeople.

Purchase, S. and Ellis, N. and Mallett, O. and Theingi, T. (2018) 'Religious social-identities in the hybrid self-presentations of Sikh businesspeople.', British journal of management., 29 (1). pp. 99-117.


This paper explores the identity work practices of Thai Sikh businesspeople. The paper focuses on two important social identities in participants’ self-presentations – those derived from religious (Sikh) and western business discourses – and identifies powerful tensions in their hybrid identity work. Conducting discourse analysis on identity work practices within interview settings, the authors explore how participants resolve, accommodate or reject these discursive tensions while attempting stable and coherent hybrid self-presentations. They identify several different forms of hybridity, including what they term ‘equipollence’, which occurs when two equally powerful, contradictory discourses are incorporated in self-presentations, producing potentially irresolvable intersections and leading to a lack of coherence. Contributions are made to the literatures on religion and work, hybrid identity work processes and social identities.

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Publisher statement:This is the accepted version of the following article: Purchase, S., Ellis, N., Mallett, O. & Theingi, T. (2018). Religious social-identities in the hybrid self-presentations of Sikh businesspeople. British Journal of Management 29(1): 99-117, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Date accepted:04 October 2017
Date deposited:11 October 2017
Date of first online publication:06 December 2017
Date first made open access:06 December 2019

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