Masculinity, Reproductive Labour, and Transnational Families

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


This chapter investigates migrant men’s experiences of conjugality and fatherhood and locates their narratives of love, sacrifice, and independence in the context of their transnational families. The chapter covers the trajectories of men who are inserted in a wider female-centred kinship network and who have reached Italy through legal family reunion or have arrived individually through regular or irregular migration. The analysis reveals how migration and men’s employment in paid domestic/care work can simultaneously challenge and reinforce gender hierarchies in migrant families. Drawing from their experiences of paid domestic/care work, migrant men renegotiate their position within the family by. However, the achievement of a more egalitarian gendered division of work within the migrant family depends on differences of generation and life-cycle.


Home Country Family Reunion Emotional Labour Migrant Family Gender Division 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ester Gallo
    • 1
  • Francesca Scrinzi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyGediz UniversityMenemen (Izmir)Turkey
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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