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Robinson Crusoes, Prostitutes, Heroes? Constructing The Ukrainian Labour Emigrant In Ukraine

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Labour migration discourse, with its own discursive principles, techniques and themes, reorganizes Ukrainians understandings of their country, their awareness of the world order and their perceptions of Ukraine’s position within various social and political hierarchies. In this chapter, the author revisits this flourishing discourse which by now has grown into a unique sociocultural and political phenomenon of its own. Instead of outlining what and when various analysts, both from the academic and policy making circles, contributed to this new meta-theme of the Ukrainian national narrative (this has yet to be attempted as well), the author concentrates on how and to what purpose various kinds of labour migration discourse in Ukraine ‘handle’ and appropriate the figure of the labour migrant.

Keywords: labour migration; political phenomenon; sociocultural phenomenon; Ukrainians



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