‘Subaltern Victims’ or ‘Useful Resources’? Migrant Women in the Lega Nord Ideology and Politics
This chapter focuses on how the Italian party of the Northern League mobilizes the issue of gender equality to legitimize its anti-immigration claims. By drawing on two qualitative studies of this populist radical right party, we shed light on the ‘double standard’ which the party applies to migrant men and women within its discourse and politics. We also show how this ‘double standard’ is negotiated by female activists. We argue that this is linked to the familistic system that the party supports. Within such a system migrant women play a key role as paid providers of social reproductive work. Combining ethnographic and documentary data, the chapter thus connects the issue of the gendered anti-immigration politics with recent debates on gendered migration and on the international division of care work.
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