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

Authors: Mantha Katsikana*, York University
Topics: Urban Geography, Gender, Political Geography
Keywords: social reproduction, austerity, feminism, affect, Greece
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM
Room: Virtual 34
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Negotiating a Southern-European feminist positionality, this paper examines the affective and emotional dimensions of everyday survival and political mobilisation of women and feminized subjects in Athens, Greece, under austerity. Within the neoliberal patriarchal and hostile urban setting of the Mediterranean city as a distinct socio-cultural urban formation, as well as within the politics European financial rationalism in the form of dept adjustment, feminist social reproduction and resistance defy the gendered, racialized and classed necropolitics of austerity. Ranging from tasks of everyday life, formation and maintenance of informal networks, emotional labor and care to grassroots political activism, social solidarity economy initiatives and feminist mobilization, feminized subjects face the impossible task of enabling survival and resistance along with the precarity that derives from their social, political, class, and citizenship status. The paper explores the possibilities of combining feminist affect with feminist social reproduction and Southern-European feminist urban geography to unveil local knowledges that can provide an account on the everyday taken-for-granted aspects of austerity and the ways it is grounded in gendered, classed, races, sexed and (dis)abled bodies in a non-Anglo-American context.

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