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Servir (chez) les autres : Pérennité et mutations de la domination rapprochée

Abstract : Serving others (and their households) // This conversation with Dominique Memmi revisits the heuristic value of her concept of “close domination” (domination rapprochée). This concept refers to a relation of durable co-presence within a confined space and underlines the physical dimension of relations between the dominant and the dominated. Does it retain its relevance to account for the recent transformations of the relationships with domestic workers? Dominique Memmi recalls the gain that came along with the possibility to not have anymore to reside at their employers’ home – an advantage that has had its setbacks, in the form of new types of intolerances, starting with the ones towards invisibilisation and the confrontation to bodily manifestations (noise, smells, waste). In a context of growing inequality, in which the benefits of a certain social prestige are enjoyed only by a small minority of domestic workers at the service of the very wealthy, how is this condition generally experienced and accepted?
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Dominique Memmi, Bruno Cousin, Anne Lambert. Servir (chez) les autres : Pérennité et mutations de la domination rapprochée. Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, Editions du Seuil, 2020, pp.108 - 119. ⟨10.3917/arss.230.0108⟩. ⟨hal-02586083⟩



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