Quotation Eggenhofer-Rehart, Petra, Latzke, Markus, Pernkopf, Katharina, Zellhofer, Dominik, Mayrhofer, Wolfgang, Steyrer, Johannes. 2018. Refugees' career capital welcome? Afghan and Syrian refugee job seekers in Austria. Journal of Vocational Behavior. 105 31-45.




This study explores how refugees relocate, acquire, and convert cultural, social, and economic capital when entering the Austrian labor market. Drawing on Bourdieu's theory of practice, we conducted 35 semi-structured interviews with Afghan and Syrian refugee job seekers to investigate how the value of the capital forms changes when they move to a culturally distant field, and what strategies they use to develop their career capital portfolio. Findings reveal that (a) all capital forms are strongly devaluated; (b) refugees striving to use their cultural capital encounter unfamiliar labor market rules, occupational identity threats, and status loss; (c) acquisition and conversion of new capital require both the intricate interplay of capital forms and refugees' proactivity. The article concludes with a discussion of theoretical contributions and practical implications for refugee labor market integration.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Vocational Behavior
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new MAN-A+, STRAT-B, WH-A
Language English
Title Refugees' career capital welcome? Afghan and Syrian refugee job seekers in Austria
Volume 105
Year 2018
Page from 31
Page to 45
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0001879118300046
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2018.01.004
Open Access N


Eggenhofer-Rehart, Petra (Details)
Latzke, Markus (Details)
Pernkopf, Katharina (Details)
Zellhofer, Dominik (Details)
Mayrhofer, Wolfgang (Details)
Steyrer, Johannes (Details)
Interdisciplinary Institute for Management and Organizational Behavior IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5502 Occupational-, industrial psychology (Details)
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