Ideal Workers and Suspects: Employer’s Politics of Recognition and the Migrant Division of Care Labour in Finland

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Abstract

The article explores the emerging migrant division of care labour in Finland. Drawing on statistical data it first discusses how the social and health care sector is increasingly relying on foreign-born workers. Then, drawing on qualitative data and to Nancy Fraser’s politics of recognition, the article analyses how the Finnish employers recognise migrants as potential workers. Although employers seek to resist essentialising differences, migrant care workers are recognised as different from the norm due to their migrancy, i.e. social status as migrants. There is an inherent dualism of being ideal and suspect simultaneously that functions as a practice to partially include migrant employees in work places defined by the norm of Finnishness.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Journal of Migration Research
Volume3
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)72-81
ISSN1799-649X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2013
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology

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Ideal Workers and Suspects: Employer’s Politics of Recognition and the Migrant Division of Care Labour in Finland. / Näre, Lena .

In: Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Vol. 3, No. 2, 17.06.2013, p. 72-81.

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