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Contexts and experiences of precariousness: discourses, practices and emotions
Antónia Pedroso de Lima (ISCTE-IUL CRIA)
Maria Claudia Coelho (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro)
Heike Drotbohm (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)
Tuesday 21 July, 14:00-16:00 (UTC+1)

Short abstract:

Pushing further the analysis on the effects of precarity the panel address processes of recreating ways of living and worldviews in diverse ethnographyc contexts of precariousness and through different analytical dimensions.

Long abstract:

This panel aims to address the processes of recreating ways of living and worldviews in diverse contexts of precariousness. To push further the analysis on the effects of precarity we need to compare cases both from Europe and other countries and of different social, political and/or economic grounds: a) government policies guided by austeritarian guidelines; b) contexts of consistent and constant precariousness; and c) lived experiences of varied forms of dispossession and their emotional expressions.

Contexts of this nature have a particular heuristic value as they mismatch hegemonic and stable forms of thinking, acting, feeling and, especially, of planing for the future. These misadjustments are the basis for the development of a wide range of strategies to deal with the experience of precariousness, strategies that make more visible the lost way of life of the affected contexts.

We welcome papers that analyze the current alterations in discourses, practices and emotions to analyse the transformative effects of precariousness exploring the following questions: a) what strategies are deployd to deal with precarity, deprivation and insecurity, from the point of view of increasing solidarity and the dispute for scarce resources? b) How do people explain to themselves the causes of deprivation, from the point of view of the articulation between individual agency and macroeconomic causality? c) What are the emotions aroused by these contexts in relation to time (past, present and future): hope, fear, anxiety, nostalgia, resignation, resilience, indignation or others?