Duo status: Disentangling the complex interactions within a minority of two

Denise Lewin Loyd, Judith B. White, Mary Kern

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Research and theory on diversity in organizations tends to examine relations between the majority and minority and to overlook relations within the minority. In this chapter we explore the dynamics within a minority that represents a token percentage (less than 15%) of the larger group (Kanter, R. M. 1977b). We argue that members of a minority sub-group are subject to inter-group and intra-group pressures and that these pressures are greatest for a minority of two. We introduce the term "duo-status" to describe this two-token situation and examine the positive, neutral, and negative dynamics that result depending on the coping strategy chosen by each member of the duo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDiversity and Groups
EditorsKatherine Phillips
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameResearch on Managing Groups and Teams
ISSN (Print)1534-0856

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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