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#404 The Morality of Neoliberalism in Immigrant Acceptant Society: The Case of Spain

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First name Haruna Middle name Last name Fukasawa
Title Dr Organization / Institution Keio University Department n/a
Address Kouhoku, Hiyoshi 4-1-1 Postal / Zip code 2238521 Country JP
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Abstract title

The Morality of Neoliberalism in Immigrant Acceptant Society: The Case of Spain

Abstract text

This report examines the changes in the attitude of the Spanish society toward immigration. At the beginning of the 21st century Spain quickly transforming into an immigrant-accepting country as a result of the demand for a neoliberal immigration policy. In the 2010s, risks and self-responsibility dictated individual behavior, and neoliberalian thinking became internalized in the society during the economic crisis. As the labor market polarized, unskilled workers were still needed and many Spanish workers flowed in along with immigrant workers, while people became increasingly divided between those who possess and those who do not. For example, people evicted for not being able to pay the rent or loan due to the economic crisis became squatters, justifying their occupying of uninhabited houses owned by those who possessed more than they did. Under these circumstances, 20 to 30 years after the influx of immigrants, Spanish workers and unemployed people who believed that they were the social majority saw that opportunities were being given to immigrants to become skilled workers on meritocracy, while increasingly feeling that they themselves were getting the short end of the stick. The immigrants, on the other hand, made their own decision to immigrate in an era when immigrant freedom was guaranteed and accepted by the Spanish government, and those who became unemployed simply accept their fate without realizing that they were dominated by capitalism as well as freedom. The key questions is: Does the neoliberalist world constantly impose instability on those who seem to have succeeded?

Conference topic

Panel no. 49 - Ethnographies of Neoliberalism: Hope or Pessimism?

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This abstract was reviewed on 2021-01-07 12:39h by Sachiko TANUMA

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