Conviviality in the workplace: the case of Polish migrant Women in Manchester and Barcelona

Rzepnikowska phillips, Alina (2017) Conviviality in the workplace: the case of Polish migrant Women in Manchester and Barcelona. Central and Eastern European Migration Review (CEEMR), 6 (2). pp. 51-68. ISSN 2300-1682

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Abstract

Workplaces have become increasingly diverse as a result of migration and other socio-economic changes in Europe. In the light of post-2004 migration, many Polish migrants find themselves in workplaces where multiculture is an everyday lived experience. By drawing on narrative interviews conducted with Polish migrant women in Manchester and Barcelona, this paper focuses on the complexities of interaction with other ethnic groups at work, demonstrating various forms of conviviality. The study reveals more and less meaningful forms of contact at work including workplace friendships, light-hearted forms of conviviality characterised by the interplay of language and humour, relations based on care and respect for difference, as well as forced encounters marked by superficial and involuntary interaction. The findings show that while workplace can be a place of meaningful interaction, it can also involve conflict and tensions. The narratives illustrate that workplace relations can be influenced by the dynamics of gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic circumstances and immigration discourses. The paper contributes analytically and empirically to the understanding of different forms of encounters in the workplace.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: workplace, encounter, conviviality, Polish migrant women
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
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 08:33
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2022 08:33
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2536

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