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Precarity Amongst Women Migrant Nightworkers in Ireland

Project description

Women migrant nightworkers’ marginalisation via precarity and invisibility

The EU-funded PRECNIGHTS project addresses the topic of labour migration and precarity, specifically regarding women migrant nightworkers (WMNs) in Ireland. It intends to contribute novel theory on differential inclusion of WMNs and impact related scholarly debates as well as help advance migrant workers’ rights. The primary aim is to make WMNs visible by examining precarity, migration, gender and nightwork, and how each dimension magnifies the lived experiences of the others. Project work will allow an inclusive analysis of the lack of WMNs’ ‘power and privilege’ and the forms of ‘oppression and inequality’ they face.

Objective

PRECNIGHTS is an ambitious anthropological project on labour migration and precarity, contributing with novel theory on differential inclusion of the essential, yet invisible women migrant nightworkers (WMN) in Ireland. Through an innovative interdisciplinary and ethnographic approach, the research will impact scholarly debates in migration, and will inform key Irish and European stakeholders on migrant workers’ rights. To reach these aims, PRECNIGHTS’ objectives are: 1) Unpack how are WMN expected to perform their gender in nightwork; 2) Explore factors that affect WMN’s responses to invisibility and precarity; 3) Examine how management practices and work culture impact WMN’s understanding and crafting of their self-presentations; and 4) Unpack the structural invisibilisation and precarisation of WMN. PRECNIGHTS aims to make visible WMN through intersectional methodology that not only examines precarity, migration, gender and nightwork, but also focuses on how each of these four dimensions magnifies the lived experiences of the others; and, further, through ground-breaking, digital, and nocturnal ethnography that captures night experiences. Together, these enable an inclusive analysis of the lack of ‘power and privilege’ and the forms of ‘oppression and inequality’ faced by WMN. PRECNIGHTS, thus, uniquely contributes to scholarly efforts and policy work dedicated to understanding the contemporary European labour migration regime, which produces conditions of marginality in urban settings, not just in Ireland, but also in other EU contexts. PRECNIGHTS will be hosted by ISS21, University College Cork and will progress under Dr Caitriona Ni Laoire’s vital supervision, as her background and expertise in qualitative multi-modal research and socio-spatial dynamics of inclusion/exclusion are at PRECNIGHTS’ core.

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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Net EU contribution
€ 215 534,40
Address
Western road
T12 YN60 Cork
Ireland

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Region
Ireland Southern South-East
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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