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Affect, emotion and feminist social reproduction under austerity: enabling survival, reproducing resistance

Authors: Mantha Katsikana*, York University
Topics: Gender, Urban Geography, Political Geography
Keywords: gender, affect, social reproduction, urban, emotional geographies, austerity, necropolitics
Session Type: Paper
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This paper examines the affective and emotional dimensions of everyday survival and political mobilization of feminized subjects in Athens, Greece under austerity. Ranging from tasks of everyday life, formation and function of informal networks, emotional labor and care to grassroots political activism and feminist mobilization, feminized subjects like women and queer folks face the impossible task of enabling survival and resistance along with the precarity that derives from their social, political, class, and citizenship status. At the same time, within a neoliberal patriarchal and hostile urban setting as well as within the politics of austerity feminist social reproduction and resistance defy the gendered, racialized and class necropolitics of austerity.

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