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Title: SEEMORE and the intersections of race, gender and class : towards a relational theory of unequal access to career-related support social capital
Author: Saint Hilaire, Antoinette
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2014
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There is an urgent need to develop relational sociological theories, as oppose to structural ones, which enables understanding of the linked social processes involved in (re)making inequalities in support social capital. This thesis presents a relational theory on how interacting race/ethnicity, gender and class practices in social spaces and time are involved in reproducing unequal access in support social capital. Thus, the exploratory research question asks: what happens to Black people when they enter social spaces to access much needed social support resources to get on? A complex relational analytical framework (SEEMORE) is used in the interpretation. A mixed qualitative methodology was used to collect data from thirty seven Black and White professional and worker women and men working in two re -structuring public sector organisations in the UK. The data was analysed using SNA and qualitative procedures. Unequal access to career social support capital happens when IRGC-ed identities and practices in social spaces and time, access routes, agentic orientations, power resistance activities and orientalions towards work support interact and are reproduced. In formal and informal access routes networked IRGC-ed practices helped to (re)produce triad and clique networks of dominant White men and women engagements in localised IRGC practices. The powerful men and women's engagements in routine IRGC practices remade their RGCed identities, orientations towards work and reproduced their power positions and privilege access to career social support capital. . At the same time, networks of institutional IRGC practices and powerful white men and women engagements in network based IRGC practices reproduced the subordination of Black and 'not White enough' individuals in formal routes. The (re)production of IRGC practices in formal routes ascribed to Black and non-white enough individuals' subordinated racialised identities and directed their orientations towards formal support at work and home and friends support capital. Black workers and militants engaged in power resistance agency actions to challenge IRGC-ed practices and their unequal access to resources, but Black managers and 'not White enough' individuals engaged l passive power resistance agency actions. In unequal access to career support capital, there are differentiated IRGC-ed practices and identities in social spaces, access routes, agentic activities and orientations towards work support which interact to (re)produce 'network hegemonic Whitening’
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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