Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Skilling Race: Affectiveâ¯Labourâ¯and ‘White’ Pedagogies in the Chilean Service Economyâ¯
Speaker: Sofía Ugarte (University of Cambridge)
This presentation examines the effects of racialisation practices in quotidian encounters between migrant Haitian women looking for work and Chilean recruiters and employers in job interviews and skills-training programmes in Santiago. Drawing on ethnographic research, I show how racialised differences are made material and emotional based on a particular history of white supremacy and mestizaje. I argue that to become appropriate andâ¯hirableâ¯workers in the service economy, Haitian women transform their appearance, movements, feelings, and attitudes according to white pedagogies of affectiveâ¯labour. I also show how the skilling ofâ¯labourâ¯performed through these pedagogies is deeply affective, shaping Haitian women’s sense of worth and their self-constitution as migrants beyondâ¯labourâ¯encounters. The analysis of how everyday anti-black racism toward migrant women perpetuates local manifestations of white-mestizo privilege reveals how affectiveâ¯labourâ¯and racialisation practices articulate intimate experiences of transnational mobility with intersectional scripts of power.â¯
Autumn Term 2021
Winter Term 2022â¯
28 Octoberâ¯2021â¯(Inaugural session)
11 November 2021â¯
25 November 2021â¯
9 December 2021
3 February 2022â¯ 17 February 2022â¯ 3 March 2022â¯ 17 March 2022â¯
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