Moving Out of ‘Women’s Work’

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


This chapter discusses the occupational and social mobility of migrant men who move out of live-in jobs in paid domestic/care work. Men strategically use the values of ‘connectedness’ and ‘respectability’ that mould understandings of domestic/care services in order to reassert their economic power in the household and gain residential autonomy. The analysis firstly engages with the men’s ‘internal’ mobility within reproductive labour, from feminised occupations towards niches constructed as masculine and ‘specialised’ such as porter work for upper middle-class Italian families. The chapter then analyses the trajectories of migrant men seeking public visibility and social mobility beyond reproductive labour.


Social Mobility Migrant Woman Italian Family Cleaning Work Dirty Work 
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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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