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Researching Whiteness in a Postcolonial Context

The paper is divided into four parts. First, I expand on the theoretical framework

and review emerging evidence which suggests that workplaces are active in producing

hierarchy and differentiation through race. Second, I outline the changing expatriate

work context of Hong Kong and some detail of the research study. The third section

explores the ways in which different work contexts offer distinctive experiences,

resources and subjectivities to expatriates. Whilst these shape the lived and embodied

experience of being an expatriate in powerful and complex ways, the discussion also

reveals the extent to which the individual biographies of expatriates mediate the

subjective effects of organisational and expatriate discourses. The conclusion

questions the extent to which these individual differences may be productive in

challenging white privilege and racism.