Power relations in the tourism workplace: Towards a better understanding of the female migrant experience

Rydzik, Agnieszka (2013) Power relations in the tourism workplace: Towards a better understanding of the female migrant experience. In: V International Critical Tourism Studies Conference, 25-28 June 2013, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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Following on from a paper presented at the IV CTS conference which discussed the mobilities and immobilites of migrant women from Central and Eastern Europe working in UK tourism (Rydzik, Pritchard, Morgan & Sedgley, 2012), this paper focuses on their subjective employment experiences.

Despite migrant women’s significant presence in and contribution to the industry, their employment experiences remain under-researched in tourism labour scholarship. With gender-blind studies prevailing, and the employer and industry perspectives predominant, the voices of low-wage migrant women are left marginalized.

This paper presents findings from a doctoral study which – through the application of innovative participatory methodology – facilitated the active engagement of female migrants in the research process as well as allowing the research to reach audiences beyond academia via a public engagement stage.

By privileging the voices of migrant women, the paper discusses the complex power relations at play in post-2004 UK tourism workplaces and migrants’ vulnerability to exploitation. It explores how gender, age, nationality, ethnicity and class intersect and to what extent media discourses of Eastern European migration together with stigmatizing low status tourism work impact on female migrants’ employment experiences and career opportunities.

Keywords:tourism employment, female migration
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
N Business and Administrative studies > N800 Tourism, Transport and Travel
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:05 Nov 2014 15:12

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