BETWEEN SOCIAL DUMPING AND SOCIAL PROTECTION

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In a world increasingly challenged by neoliberal restructurings of labour markets within the global economy, labour organisation is continuously challenged. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted among Polish construction workers in Denmark, both at their place of work and in their homes in Denmark and Poland, this article traces the objective of creating “orderly working conditions” at insecure and temporary workplaces. The relational analysis – going into work organisation and work/family dynamics – shows how “Polishness” is used as a brand (that the unions need to adjust to) connoting flexibility and availability, and that the composition of the migrant family significantly impacts how migratory practices are made feasible and desirable.

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ethnographic fieldwork, migrant families, social dumping, labour mobility, East-West migrants

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Sandberg, M. & Nielsen, N. J., (2014) “BETWEEN SOCIAL DUMPING AND SOCIAL PROTECTION”, Ethnologia Europaea 44(1), p.23-37. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.1119

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.

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Marie Sandberg (University of Copenhagen)
Niels Jul Nielsen (University of Copenhagen)

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