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The gendered impact of the financial crisis: Struggles over social reproduction in Greece

The gendered impact of the financial crisis: Struggles over social reproduction in Greece
The gendered impact of the financial crisis: Struggles over social reproduction in Greece

The global financial crisis has triggered a dramatic transformation of employment in the weakest Eurozone economies. This is evidenced in deteriorating work conditions, limited employee negotiating power, low pay, zero-hours contracts and, most importantly, periods of prolonged unemployment for most of the working population, especially women. We offer a critical analysis of the boundaries of formal and informal, paid and unpaid, productive and reproductive work, and explore how austerity policies implemented in Greece in the aftermath of the global financial crisis have transformed women’s everyday lives. In contributing to critical discussions of neoliberal capitalism and recent feminist geography studies, our empirical study focuses on how women’s struggles over social reproduction unfold in the public and private spheres. It proposes that women’s temporary retreat to unpaid work at home constitutes a form of resistance to intensifying precarisation, and, at times, contributes to the emergence of new collective forms of reproduction.

Feminism, reproductive labour, unemployment, unpaid work
0308-518X
1-22
Daskalaki, Maria
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Fotaki, Marianna
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Simosi, Maria
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Daskalaki, Maria
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Daskalaki, Maria, Fotaki, Marianna and Simosi, Maria (2020) The gendered impact of the financial crisis: Struggles over social reproduction in Greece. Environment and Planning A, 0, 1-22. (doi:10.1177/0308518X20922857).

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The global financial crisis has triggered a dramatic transformation of employment in the weakest Eurozone economies. This is evidenced in deteriorating work conditions, limited employee negotiating power, low pay, zero-hours contracts and, most importantly, periods of prolonged unemployment for most of the working population, especially women. We offer a critical analysis of the boundaries of formal and informal, paid and unpaid, productive and reproductive work, and explore how austerity policies implemented in Greece in the aftermath of the global financial crisis have transformed women’s everyday lives. In contributing to critical discussions of neoliberal capitalism and recent feminist geography studies, our empirical study focuses on how women’s struggles over social reproduction unfold in the public and private spheres. It proposes that women’s temporary retreat to unpaid work at home constitutes a form of resistance to intensifying precarisation, and, at times, contributes to the emergence of new collective forms of reproduction.

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Accepted/In Press date: 27 March 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 9 May 2020
Keywords: Feminism, reproductive labour, unemployment, unpaid work

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Local EPrints ID: 443299
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/443299
ISSN: 0308-518X
PURE UUID: 07d36bf0-fd90-4d06-932b-2bc1b276c358
ORCID for Maria Daskalaki: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7860-1955

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Date deposited: 20 Aug 2020 16:30
Last modified: 22 Jul 2022 23:42

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Author: Maria Daskalaki ORCID iD
Author: Marianna Fotaki
Author: Maria Simosi

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