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"We don't have the same opportunities as others": shining Bourdieu's lens on UK Roma migrants precarious (workers) habitus

Harrison, PA, Collins, H and Bahor, A "We don't have the same opportunities as others": shining Bourdieu's lens on UK Roma migrants precarious (workers) habitus. Work, Employment and Society. ISSN 0950-0170 (Accepted)

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Abstract

According to a 2019 UK Government report Roma had the ‘worst employment outcomes’ of any ethnic group in the UK with similar evidence in Europe. Roma are in the growing flexible, mobile workforce that constitute precarious, insecure workers. Based on a qualitative in-depth study of these precarious workers, and utilising Bourdieu’s concepts we show the impact of flexploitation, whilst sharing Roma’s habitus and capitals that distinguish and challenge the dominant homogenous narrative about the response to precarity. We argue that Roma, owing to their long-standing, symbiotic relationship with precarity, compounded by centuries-old persecution, offer insights into the lived experience of precarious workers. Whilst not diminishing the impact of flexploitation, we culminate with our claim that Roma possess a precarious habitus and, as such, are a ‘fish in water’ with a distinguishing feature of ‘social capital on the move’.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The following paper: ‘We don’t have the same opportunities as others’: Shining Bourdieu’s lens on UK Roma migrants precarious (workers) habitus is accepted for publication in: Work, Employment and Society. Sage Publications.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1402 Applied Economics, 1503 Business and Management, 1608 Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Business & Management (new Sep 19)
Law
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2020 10:19
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2020 10:19
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14017

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