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

Inga Minelgaitė, Giedrė Blažytė, Romie F. Littrell


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.

Keywords: ethnicity, homogeneous culture, quantitative research, focus group, Lithuania, occupation.


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