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Title: "But One Needs to Work!": neoliberal citizenship, work-based immigrant integration, and post-socialist subjectivities in Berlin-Marzahn
Authors: Matejskova, Tatiana
Keywords: Immigrant integration
Neoliberalism
Unemployment
Post-socialist subjectivity
Workfare
Personhood
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Wiley (© the author; © Antipode Foundation Ltd.)
Citation: MATEJSKOVA, T., 2012. "But One Needs to Work!": neoliberal citizenship, work-based immigrant integration, and post-socialist subjectivities in Berlin-Marzahn. Antipode, 45 (4), pp.984-1004.
Abstract: This paper examines how middle-aged and older post-Soviet immigrants in eastern Berlin navigate the neoliberalized landscape of work-based integration in face of their long-term unemployment. I first show how these immigrants’ own insistence on the centrality of paid work for their feeling integrated contributes to their experience of collective despondency and enrollment in exploitative quasi-markets, including workfare. Focusing on this insistence, I examine how it draws strength primarily from their continued subscription to the conceptions of self as deeply socially embedded, and of work as a practice of such an embedding, adopted through their Soviet-era socialization into the culture of dispersed personhood and obligation to work, rather than from their adoption of neoliberal concepts of citizenship in Germany. Contributing to geographies of post-socialist experience of neoliberalized regimes of citizenship and immigrant integration this paper thus highlights how some of the aspects of post-socialist subjectivities dovetail unexpectedly with the neoliberal project.
Description: This is the accepted version of the following article: MATEJSKOVA, T., 2012. "But One Needs to Work!": neoliberal citizenship, work-based immigrant integration, and post-socialist subjectivities in Berlin-Marzahn. Antipode, 45 (4), pp.984-1004, which has been published in final form at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8330.2012.01050.x
Sponsor: This research was supported by the Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant # 0726769 from the National Science Foundation as well as by the Graduate Research Partnership Program grant and Hella Mears Graduate Fellowship from the University of Minnesota.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8330.2012.01050.x
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/12988
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8330.2012.01050.x
ISSN: 0066-4812
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