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Narrating precarity: Migrant cleaners’ subjectivities and the Greek crisis

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This article investigates precarity through narratives of migrant women who work as cleaners in public hospitals in Athens. It explores the ways in which the Greek recession had an impact on different women’s working experiences. The article takes a qualitative approach, embracing feminist philosophical underpinnings; semi-structured interviews were conducted along with observations in the spaces of the public hospitals. The article illustrates migrant women cleaners’ labour experiences that narrate precarity through communicative spaces of collaboration. Women’s varying manifestations of working experiences indicate that they are not products of the politics of recession. Instead, they are active, resisting, empathetic, caring and empowered agents that structure socialites that take the form of communicative spaces.
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Keywords: Greek crisis; cleaners; hospitals; migrant women; precarity; resistance

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Middlesex University

Publication date: April 1, 2018

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  • The Journal of Greek Media & Culture is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that aims to provide a platform for debate and exploration of a wide range of manifestations of media and culture in and about Greece. The journal adopts a broad and inclusive approach to media and culture with reference to film, photography, literature, the visual arts, music, theatre, performance, as well as all forms of electronic media and expressions of popular culture. While providing a forum for the close analysis of cultural formations specific to Greece, JGMC aims to engage with broader methodological and theoretical debates, and situate the Greek case in global, diasporic and transnational contexts.
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