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Migrant workers' engagement with labour market intermediaries in Europe: symbolic power guiding transnational exchange

Migrant workers' engagement with labour market intermediaries in Europe: symbolic power guiding transnational exchange

Samaluk, Barbara (2015) Migrant workers' engagement with labour market intermediaries in Europe: symbolic power guiding transnational exchange. Work, Employment and Society, 30 (3):095001701559. pp. 455-471. ISSN 0950-0170 (Print), 1469-8722 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017015594968)

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Abstract

This article explores the strategies of migrant workers from post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) within the process of transnational exchange characterized by transnational labour market intermediaries that have substantially altered the former national bilateral employment relations. Utilizing a Bourdieuian conceptual framework it examines Slovenian and Polish workers’ migration strategies and struggles to acquire and convert capitals within the process of transnational exchange and upon arrival in the UK. The article uncovers the (self-)colonial cultural capital embodied in CEE workers’ habitus that drives their strategies to take up various working and training opportunities in the UK in order to acquire (trans)nationally recognized cultural capital. This labour of acquisition drives Polish and Slovenian workers to seek specific cross-cultural and ethnic-niche intermediary services that can manipulate the most reliable symbolic signs in order to make profits from migrant worker-consumers. In this regard the article also exposes inter- and intra-ethnic variations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bourdieu; Labour market intermediaries; Migrant worker-consumers; Neo-colonialism; Poland; (Self)colonial cultural capital; Slovenia; Transnational exchange.
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Work & Employment Research Unit (WERU)
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 12:19
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 1
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14684

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