Superdiversity at work: Hierarchies of Belonging, Mobile Labour and Incongruous Encounters with Difference

Location
Room 427 Muirhead Tower
Dates
Thursday 23rd October 2014 (13:00-14:30)
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Contact

To register, please contact:
Ann Bolstridge
Email: a.bolstridge@bham.ac.uk

Associate Professor Amanda Wise, Department of Sociology, Macquarie University, Australia 

All are welcome at this seminar from Professor Amanda Wise from the Department of Sociology, Macquarie University, to be held on 23 October 2014 from 1.00 to 2.30 pm.

Synopsis

This paper presents findings from our current research on ‘Everyday Multiculturalism at Work’ which compares intercultural encounters at workplaces in Singapore and Australia. The majority of people who move countries today do so for work, and labour mobility--both temporary and permanent—is the mechanism by which many people (both movers and stayers) come into contact with cultural difference. This paper considers the question of intercultural encounter in relation to the variegated citizenships of temporary migrant labour. In conceptualising super-diversity as a dynamic system of differentiation the paper asks under what labour conditions are a cosmopolitan sensibility and openness to otherness likely to emerge, as against a set of survival based intercultural capacities? Drawn from our larger study, I present findings from research among local and migrant workers in multi-racial Singaporean workplaces.

Registration

To register for this seminar, please contact Ann Bolstridge, a.bolstridge@bham.ac.uk.