Emotions, Temporalities and Working-Class Identities in the 21st Century

Michalis Christodoulou (Editor)
University of Patras, Department of Philosophy, Assistant Teaching Staff, Patras, Greece

Manos Spyridakis (Editor)
University of Peloponnese, Department of Social and Educational Policy, Corinth, Greece

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: PSY013000



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In what ways do working-class middle-aged people who have learned to lead their lives through the lens of a traditional institutionalized life course deal with unexpected job loss? What are the differences between shipbuilding workers and supermarket employees regarding their working-class identities? Is there a quantitative way of tapping class stratification among second generation emigrants? How do respectable working-class people experience their transition to homelessness?

Finally, in what ways do working-class adolescents deal with their transition to adulthood? These are some of the questions this volume tries to answer by examining how working-class identities are constructed within various temporal and spatial contexts. The research material has been collected by means of both quantitative and qualitative research designs implemented in various locations of Greek society in the last 10 years. Given that Greece is the par excellence country of which the inhabitants went through the hardships of 2010 financial crisis, the authors of the volume are trying to explore the impact this crisis has upon the life-chances of working-class people. In particular, through various methodological approaches (ethnographic interviews, life stories, surveys, biographical interviews, participant observation), authors provide provocative insights on the narrative, emotional and temporal determinants of working-class identity formation in the age of capitalist crises.

In addition, this research aims to go beyond the theoretical state of the art in exploring class identities, class action and class formation (Bourdieu, Beck, Giddens, Foucault, E. P. Thomson, S. Hall) by adopting fresh and challenging theorizations that built upon the concept of time and emotions. Thus, the conceptual elaboration of the data rests upon up-to-date approaches on social time and on emotions that underline that fact that emotions are embedded in social relations which have temporal nature. One of the main working hypotheses of the book is that one can identify the generative mechanisms of working-class identities within the multitude of the emotions that are triggered as a consequence of “felt injustice”. Furthermore, one can understand the tendencies of the society to remain stable or to be transformed during uncertainty periods by examining the temporal peculiarities of specific emotions (resentment, anger, resignation, bereavement, hope).
(Imprint: Nova)



Chapter 1. Introduction: Emotions and Temporality as Instantiations of Class Identity
(Michalis Christodoulou, and Manos Spyridakis, Department of Social and Educational Policy, University of the Peloponnese, Corinth, Greece, and others)

Chapter 2. On the Temporal Nature of Sociality: A Guide for Researching Social Time
(Michalis Christodoulou, Department of Philosophy, University of Patras, Patras, Greece)

Chapter 3. The Life-Course Determinants of Falling from Grace: On the Temporality of Precariousness
(Manos Spyridakis and Michalis Christodoulou, Department of Social and Educational Policy, University of the Peloponnese, Corinth, Greece, and others)

Chapter 4. Imagined Working-Classes and Where to Find Them: Life Stories from Shipbuilding Employees
(Giorgos Bithymitris, National Centre for Social Research, Athens, Greece)

Chapter 5. Time, Emotions and Class in a Period of Crisis: Life Trajectories of Second Generation Albanians in Greece
(Eleni Giannakopoulou, Department of Social and Educational Policy, University of the Peloponnese, Corinth, Greece)

Chapter 6. Unions and Labour Solidarity: Pending between Inclusiveness and Exclusiveness – The Case of Greek Trade Unions
(Christina Karakioulafi, Department of Sociology, University of Crete, Rethymno, Greece)

Chapter 7. The Social Stratification of Foreign Labour Force in Greece
(Spyros Sakellaropoulos, Department of Social Policy, Panteion University, Athens, Greece)

Chapter 8. The Living Conditions of Working Classes in Africa: The Class-Consciousness of Workers, and Their Position in the Global Class System
(Ioannis Kyriakakis, Hellenic Open University, Open University of Cyprus, Latsia, Cyprus)

Chapter 9. Working-Class Adolescents’ Identities through Internet Use: A Psychoanalytic Perspective
(Nikos Papachristopoulos, Department of Philology, University of Patras, Patra, Greece)

Chapter 10. The Underclass Life Experiences and Their Emotions Towards Time: The Prisoners of the Correctional Institution “Korydallos” in Athens
(Kalliopi Orfanaki, PhD, Hellenic Open University, Patras, Greece)

Chapter 11. “A Hope for a Better Life for the Children”: Women of Migration, Domestic Work and Emotions
(Konstantina Bada, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Ioannina, Greece)


"This book is a masterful approach to the mismatches in temporal orientation that need to be negotiated by those whose life expectations break down during economic crises. Through the complex analysis of power structures, life course narratives, structures of feeling, emotions and identity processes, the authors in this collection propose a new and challenging vision of class." - Susana Narotzky, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Barcelona

"This timely collection skilfully pulls out threads that reveal the complexity, evolution and contradictions of social class identity. The contributors’ focus on temporality and emotions fills a major gap in literature making this an essential sourcebook for academics, students and policy-makers." - Professor Vasilios Ioakimidis, Director of the Centre for Social Work and Social Justice, University of Essex

"It should be noted that the volume is a significant contribution to the exploration of the anthropological and social dimensions of social class. The authors successfully examine the vicissitudes of social stratification in an eloquent and systematic manner." - Stavros Tombazos, Associate Professor, Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cyprus

“Class issues are back forcefully : This is an excellent and insightful collection of empirical and theoretical essays on the making of working-class identities today. Very timely and well-researched, it draws not only on the global state-of-the-art debates but most importantly, grounded in Greece, the book contains brilliant macro-sociological extrapolations, drawn from the most violent austerity ‘laboratories’ of the European Union.” - Nicos Trimikliniotis, Professor of Sociology, Social Sciences and Law, at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Nicosia

"Our efforts to explain and confront the growing inequalities in western societies have to include discussions about the ways that individuals experience and make sense of their positions and of the precariousness of modern living as well as explorations of societies' tendency to sleepwalk into crises. This volume contributes to these discussions by turning the attention of the reader to two significant dimensions of human relevant experiences: the temporal and affective. The result is an original, systematic and insightful exploration of modern life which does not shy away from the complexity of the task to describe the ways that social phenomena are rooted in the human condition." - Dr Michalis Kakos, Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University

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