The Nigerian Second Generation at Work in Britain: Ethnoracial Exclusion and Adaptive Strategies

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This article examines the workplace experiences of upwardly mobile second generation Nigerians in Britain. It uses data from semi-structured in-depth interviews with 73 second generation Nigerian adults. The analysis distinguishes between incidents of discrimination and stigmatization (assaults on worth) and finds that incidents of stigmatization were more common than incidents of racial discrimination among the Nigerian second generation. Contextual factors, specifically Britain’s colonial history, national identity, and the cultural repertoire of the British class system shaped how individuals perceived, recognized, and interpreted incidents of ethnoracial exclusion. Strategies of non-response, social adaptability, and conciliation were used both to respond to these incidents of ethnoracial exclusion and facilitate economic mobility. The findings present a more complex story than one of simple racial discrimination for second generation Africans in British workplaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-279
Number of pages16
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019


  • Africans
  • Blacks
  • Britain
  • Nigerian
  • discrimination
  • second generation
  • stigmatization
  • workplace experiences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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