Mittwoch, 11. Mai 2016, 17:00 - 18:30 iCal

Wednesday Seminar - Manos Spyridakis

Work and Social Reproduction in Times of Crisis. The case of the Perama shipbuilding industry.

Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie
Universitätsstraße 7, NIG 4. Stock, HS C, 1010 Wien


This lecture addresses in ethnographic terms the way shipbuilding workers attempt to cope with the conditions of their existence and of employment precariousness in the context of shipbuilding activities in the Perama zone, a suburb of western Piraeus in times of serious economic recession. Added emphasis is placed on how workers conceive of their involvement in local labour processes. For this reason the focus is on the social relations developed before ‘job hunting’, during the labour process and after its conclusion. It will be shown that workers create socially meaningful relationships and construct webs of significance through employment in the context of a cruel labour market. Shipbuilding workers, by being part of wider socio-economic activities and relations, devise survival strategies and a particular heuristic logic through which a series of facts and processes gain meaning, which in turn helps them cope with the violence of extreme situations. Hence, this lecture looks at workers’ views and positions at various levels, including those of motives, strategies, representations and prestige as well as values.

Emmanouil (Manos) Spyridakis is an Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the Department of Social and Educational Policy, University of Peloponnese, Greece.

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Mag. Marie-Therese Hartwig
Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie