Polish migrant Women’s narratives about language, raced and gendered difference in Barcelona

Rzepnikowska phillips, Alina (2018) Polish migrant Women’s narratives about language, raced and gendered difference in Barcelona. Gender Place and Culture, 25 (6). pp. 850-865. ISSN 0966-369X

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Abstract

The European Union expansion in 2004 resulted in significant changes in migration in Europe. For Spain, which did not open its labour market to the new accession countries until 2006, the extent of Polish migration has been substantially smaller than in countries like Britain. Hence, little scholarly attention has been paid to the experiences of Polish migrants in the Iberian Peninsula. Compared to other European cities, the case of Barcelona is significant, especially in terms of cultural diversity, Catalan identity and bilingual status, something that the newcomers are often unaware of. By drawing on the conceptual framework of conviviality and on data gathered through participant observation, narrative interviews and a focus group conducted with Polish women in Barcelona, this article concentrates on various forms of encounters with the local population. It argues that race, ethnicity, gender, language and spatiality are important factors influencing convivial relations. It contributes to the existing literature by exploring various forms and degrees of conviviality discussed as situated, not necessarily free from tensions and racialised and gendered perceptions of the Other.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Polish migrant women, situated conviviality, language, race, gender
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: Alina Rzepnikowska phillips
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2022 08:21
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2022 08:21
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2535

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