Gender, Racism, and Migrant Reproductive Labour in Italy and Europe

  • Ester Gallo
  • Francesca Scrinzi
Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


This chapter locates the issues of racism, masculinities, and reproductive labour in the specifics of the Italian cultural and political context, connecting its national features to European tendencies. This chapter discusses how ethnicity, gender, and religion/secularism operate in Europe and in Italy to construct forms of exploitation and discrimination in specific occupational settings. Restrictive immigration policies are associated with public and political debates constructing racialised hierarchies based on ideas of gender, sexuality, and religion. In Italy, immigration policies confer on migrant men in paid domestic/care work the respectability they would otherwise lack. Here, (Christian) migrant men employed in the private sphere of the home emerge as the opposite and complementary figure to the threatening (Muslim) masculine Others who are hyper-visible in the public space.


Gender Equality Sexual Violence Muslim Woman Migrant Woman Religious Pluralism 
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  • Ester Gallo
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  • Francesca Scrinzi
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyGediz UniversityMenemen (Izmir)Turkey
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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