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Swedish temp nurses and agency warehouse workers in Norway: Negotiating and strategizing the spatiotemporalities of the migrant worker
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Tourism Studies and Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6176-3595
Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo.
Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this paper we seek to contribute to the theorization of migrant workers’ ability to strategize around their mobility by exploring the labour mobilities of Swedish agency warehouse workers and temp nurses working in Norway. Nurses and warehouse workers obviously differ in terms of for instance skills and market power, and these differences clearly impact on their mobility strategies. However, our findings also point to the plasticity of workers’ mobility strategies, with workers who make up their pathways as they go and/or as circumstances change. In this paper, therefore, we argue that the intentional, purposive agency as emphasized by the notion of ‘strategy’ (as in ‘mobility strategy’) needs to be complemented by a conceptualization of agency that includes (erratic) probing.  Mobility strategies evolve as workers negotiate the spatiotemporalities typically involved in the existence of the migrant worker, i. e. the lives and places that they have (temporarily) left behind, the present situation as temps/agency workers in the host country, and the future that lies ahead. Following from this, we argue that workers mobility agency is imbued as well as informed by the spatiotemporalities of the ‘past-space’, the ‘now-space’ and the ‘may-be space’.   

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2017.
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-31657OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-31657DiVA, id: diva2:1143583
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Nordic Geographers Meeting (NGM), 18-21 of June, 2017 in Stockholm
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The impact of temporary work agencies on the politics of workAvailable from: 2017-09-21 Created: 2017-09-21 Last updated: 2017-09-22Bibliographically approved

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