Ethnicity and Occupational Differences in the Transforming Homogenous Culture: The Case of Lithuania

  • Inga Minelgaitė University of Iceland
  • Giedrė Blažytė Lithuanian Social Research Centre
  • Romie F. Littrell Centre for Cross-Cultural Comparisons, USA
Keywords: ethnicity, homogeneous culture, quantitative research, focus group, Lithuania, occupation

Abstract

This article presents empiric research on respondents’ self-identification of ethnicity in such culturally homogenous country as Lithuania and comparisons among three occupational sectors: education, healthcare and business. The results reveal the difficulty when attempting to self-identity ethnicity resulting in high nonresponse rate. Furthermore, results indicate effects of occupational background of the respondent and influence of EU membership on the perceived ethnicity. The contextualisation of results within social and historical context of the country is outlined, as well as methodological implications.

Author Biographies

Inga Minelgaitė, University of Iceland

University of Iceland, School of Business

Giedrė Blažytė, Lithuanian Social Research Centre

Lithuanian Social Research Centre, Institute for Ethnic Studies

Published
2017-12-20
How to Cite
Minelgaitė, I., Blažytė, G., & Littrell, R. F. (2017). Ethnicity and Occupational Differences in the Transforming Homogenous Culture: The Case of Lithuania. Pedagogika, 128(4), 20-38. https://doi.org/10.15823/p.2017.52
Section
Articles