The many faces of expatriate identity

Adams, Byron G. and van de Vijver, Fons J. R. (2015) The many faces of expatriate identity. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 49 322-331. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2015.05.009


Author Adams, Byron G.
van de Vijver, Fons J. R.
Title The many faces of expatriate identity
Journal name International Journal of Intercultural Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0147-1767
1873-7552
Publication date 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2015.05.009
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 49
Start page 322
End page 331
Total pages 10
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract With the advent of globalization, the number of expatriates within the international labor force is continuously increasing. While expatriate acculturation and adjustment receive much empirical and theoretical attention, less attention is afforded to expatriate identities. Expatriates, compared to other migrant workers, have more options to deal with acculturation and identity issues. We conceptualize expatriate identity by linking acculturation and a tridimensional model of identity (personal identity, relational identity, and social identity). We argue that expatriate identity, which is important for psychosocial adjustment and well-being, can take on two forms: a more cosmopolitan perspective, which expatriates develop after much experience in various cultures and a more pragmatic perspective in which expatriates maintain their original identity and make only superficial adjustments to a new context. We provide recommendations for future research as well as implications for organizations.
Keyword Expatriates
Acculturation
Expatriate identity
Personal identity
Relational identity
Social identity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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