In this research project I – Dide – collaborate with Marieke van den Brink (Radboud University), Laura Dobusch (Radboud University) and Anouk de Koning (Radboud University) to study the topic of ‘inclusion’ in low-wage labor organizations. Knowledge on how ethnic minorities and women are excluded from positions of authority has been well-documented. Less is known, however, about exclusion and inclusion in spaces where mostly women and ethnic minorities are employed: that is, at the bottom level of organizations in low-wage and precarious jobs. In this project, we try to grasp the processes of inclusion/exclusion in a cleaning company at the biggest Dutch airport. To get a sense of what it is like to be a cleaner, I have worked as an airplane cleaner for several months in 2017. My poems are based on notes and interviews from my ethnographic fieldwork.
The poems are titled: Negotiating (in)visibility, Physically demanding labor and A privileged space invader