Low-Status Work and Decollectivization: The Case of Bangladeshis in Athens

Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies

Volume 10Issue 1, 2012

 Theodoros Fouskasa
pages 54-73
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Published online: 06 Mar 2012

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This article focuses on the repercussions of work and employment in low-status jobs upon the collective organization and representation of immigrant workers. The microsociological analysis is focused on the case of Bangladeshi immigrants in Athens, specifically how far the frame of their employment affects their participation in the immigrant work association Bangladeshi Immigrant Workers’ Union of Greece, as well as in Greek trade unions. Evidence from in-depth interviews proves that Bangladeshis are supported by friendly relations in search for solidarity, they develop individualistic behaviors, and they find alternative solutions for survival and protection.