Migration and Diasporas
Some recent strikes of Chinese migrants in Parisian beauty salons unveiled an urgent demand for support against racism in working space, however few political measurements, if any, were considered. By following closely several professional areas frequented by migrant workers, with ethnographic field methods such as conducting direct observations and constructing life history in their working place, we aim to understand and problematize the social mobility of these migrant workers, mostly undocumented proletarians.
In this presentation, we will first address the articulation of class, race and sex regarding these new proletarian migrants. In response to this intersectional discrimination, we will present workers' individual and collective actions, which lead us to revisit Spivak's thesis interrogating « Can subaltern speak » ? We conclude by studying the role of social media as a new means of building migrant networks of mobilization.