The Embodiment of Otherness: Deconstructing Power Relations Between Staffing Agencies, Diverse Jobseekers, and Organizations in the Israeli Business Sector

  • Shani KunaEmail author
  • Ronit Nadiv


Prior research has not examined staffing agencies’ (SAs) impact on the workforce diversity of their client organizations, where jobseekers are placed to work. Our exploratory qualitative study addresses this gap in the literature as well as critically examines the embodiment of diverse jobseekers as constructed by SAs. We conducted in-depth, semi-structured interviews with recruiters in SAs that serve the Israeli business sector. The findings suggest that practices utilized by a recruiting agency vis-à-vis their clients could promote workforce diversity, while in reality they often inhibit it. We illustrate the dual potential effect of SAs on the workforce diversity of their client organizations and critically analyze their function as intermediaries that construct the “otherness” of diverse jobseekers and exploit it in ways which might exacerbate their employment precariousness. Theoretical considerations and practical implications are discussed.


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  1. 1.Department of Human Resource Management StudiesSapir Academic CollegeSha’ar HanegevIsrael

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