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Title: What's ethnicity got to do with it? : the workplace lived experience of ethnic minority (Ijaw) women in the Nigerian Civil Service
Author: Alex-Hart, Biebele
ISNI:       0000 0004 5994 8517
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis examines gender and ethnic inequalities in the Nigerian civil service through the lived experience of Ijaw women and the strategies they adopt to combat perceived discrimination. A theoretical framework of structure, culture, agency, intersectionality, and social identity theory underpinned this research. Hermeneutic phenomenological methodology was adopted within which 40 in-depth semi-structures interviews were conducted. Findings indicate that for most respondents, ethnicity is a politicised identity while gender identity tends to be passive. Other emerging identities were revealed such as language, age and indigeneship (having historical ties to one’s state of residence). Civil service organisations were found to legitimise inequality regimes with respect to gender and ethnicity. These inequality regimes are definitive of Ijaw women’s workplace lived experience. While some participants identified as traditionalists, others adopted strategies such as ‘Awaiting Divine Intervention’, Masking, Exiting the organisation, Assimilating, Performing, Negotiating and Reforming the system, to combat perceived discrimination in their organisation.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral