Shifting Racialised Positioning of Polish Migrant Women in Manchester and Barcelona

  • Alina Rzepnikowska


This chapter focuses on encounters between Polish migrant women with the native white population and settled ethnic minorities and other migrants in multi-ethnic Manchester and Barcelona by drawing on narrative interviews conducted in 2012/2013. What is particularly interesting about these migrant women is their unstable racialised positioning which is explored in this chapter. The empirical examples show how whiteness, in-betweenness and Otherness are (re)produced through various encounters with white and non-white population in both cities. They show how whiteness is not just phenotypic but malleable, conditional and temporary. The chapter illustrates how in some situations, Polish migrants may become victims of racism, xenophobia and stereotyping, while in other contexts, privileged white Europeans, suggesting temporary sameness and partial inclusion in the notion of ‘us’.


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  • Alina Rzepnikowska
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  1. 1.School of Social SciencesThe University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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