Racism as intimacy : looking, questioning and touching in the service encounter

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Racism as intimacy : looking, questioning and touching in the service encounter
Author Mulinari, Paula
Date 2017
English abstract
The article aims to explore the embodied experience of processes of racialisation within service work with a special focus on what workers identify as central bodily strategies in defining them as the ‘other’. Theoretically, the analysis is inspired by the concept of everyday racism with a special focus on the central role of whiteness embedded in definitions of Swedishness. It also engages in dialog with postcolonial and feminist theories on the role of the body in relation to place and profession. Three practices evolve from the narratives as central to the processes of ‘othering’: looks, the repetitive question of origin and touches. The article consists primarily on 12 qualitative, in-depth interviews with service sectors employees who experience racism.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13504630.2017.1281111 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Host/Issue Social Identities : Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture;5
Volume 23
ISSN 1350-4630
Pages 600-613
Language eng (iso)
Subject bodies
everyday racism
service work
Sweden
work
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/22251 Permalink to this page
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