Racializing instability: social and symbolic closure in Czech industrial relations
Petra Lupták Burzova
(Charles University in Prague)
Paper short abstract:
Based upon class and race theories and ethnographic study of former and present day workers, this paper addresses the production of ethnoracial and class abstractions within the changing relations of exploitation and social closure in the Czech (post-)industrial context.
Paper long abstract:
This paper explores Czech discourses on "migrants" and concentrates on ethnoracial and class categories, their production, circulation and articulation within the changing relations of exploitation and social closure in the Czech (post-)industrial context. Based upon ethnographic study of former and present industrial workers, this paper addresses the conditions of possibility of contemporary hierarchies of social worth, significance and recognition with particular attention paid to the transformations of social closure within the system of exploitation which today normalizes instability. My aim is to examine the ways in which racializations are used to counter the moral, social and economic instability.
Laboring racialization in the lived experience of settling, moving, and making place