Albanian immigrants in Athens: Power Relations and Health

Author: megi / Date: 19-02-2015 /

Albanian immigrants in Athens: Power Relations and Health
Anna Mousouli

The author examines how power relations affect and shape the position, discourses, and practices of Albanian immigrants in their contact with Greek society and especially the health care system. The author studies the representations of social reality and experiences of the Albanian immigrants in Greece examining the Greek migratory policies, relationships in the labour market, and practices of social exclusion, police violence, etc. The paper emphasizes how social position and power relations determine their status in the health care system, their perception of health and the relationship between the Greek doctor and Albanian immigrant patient. These issues are illustrated through ethnographic data, gathered during fieldwork among Albanian immigrants in Athens.