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Researching the Changing Working Context of Postcolonial Hong Kong

However, organisational discourses and subject positions are always at play with

other, competing discourses and subjectivities (Leonard 2003), meaning that it is

important to see the construction of working identities and raced and gendered

relations as non-essentialised and always open to individual patterns of negotiation

and difference. Indeed, people have been shown to be active in the construction of

their work identities, drawing on aspects of biography such as race, nationality,

gender, class, age and sexuality as resources to mediate and personalise the

construction of the working self) and challenge dominant organisational discourses

(Halford and Leonard 2006). In transnational and postcolonial contexts, therefore,

the space, history and culture of the new place may also offer new resources,

interplaying with the personal biographies of migrants to enable the negotiation of

new identities and relations.