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Les Infirmières Exclusives and Migrant Quasi-Nurses in Greece

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Lazaridis, Gabriella

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Abstract The article explores the complex experiences and positions of migrant women in the `nursing profession' in a southern European country, Greece. It looks at ways in which a rudimentary welfare state and a large informal economy have created the demand for les infirmières exclusives and for `quasi-nurses'. The supply and use of their services, on the one hand, helps perpetuate this informal welfare system and, on the other, has implications for migrant women themselves as, inter alia, it contributes to their deskilling, exploitation, marginalization and exclusion. The multifarious degrees and forms that these processes take, to a large extent, depend on the cross-cutting of gender, ethnicity and class, as sexism intersects with different forms of `othering' and racialization processes in the destination country. The position of these women is also located in terms of ethnic and national boundaries.
Free Keywords deskilling; Europe; health care; immigration; migrants; migrant women; networks; nurses; social inclusion/exclusion;
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 227-245
Journal European Journal of Women's Studies, 14 (2007) 3
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)