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Material Matters Graduate Discussion Group

Tuesday, March 3, 1:30 PM, Speaker’s Corner, Stauffer Library

The Performative Context: Identity Formation and Cruise Ship Workers, by Nel  Coloma-Moya 

According to Linda McDowell (2009), “place matters” in the new economies of interactive service work because “the labour relation is a place-specific, localized one” (2009, 217), especially when labourers work and live on a ship for extended periods of time. The Philippines continues to dominate the seafaring world with the number of seafarers and cruise ship workers positioned in the maritime industry.

This presentation explores the performative aspects of identity formation for cruise ship workers who inhabit work spaces for ten months of the year as part of their contract. Multiple identity formations are produced in order to cope with the diverse types of interaction necessary to do the job and that the performative self emerges or is produced within the discursive regimes in institutional mechanisms that serve to discipline the subject in the workplace.

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