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Book: Linguistic Penalties and the Job Interview

Chapter: Migrant Candidates and the Linguistic Penalty

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.25082


The linguistic penalty imposed, specifically, on migrant candidates is the focus of chapters nine and ten. Here the common sense ideologies around language are discussed as they serve to produce negative ethnic stereotypes and inequalities. The linguistic capital required of job interviews amplifies the differences between local and migrant candidates, putting unnecessary demands on the interpretive and cohesive resources of the latter. This subjects them to a double weight in the interview as it becomes more institutionalized.

Chapter Contributors

  • Celia Roberts ( - celiaroberts) 'King's College, London'