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AuthorLena Margareta Näre
TitleManaging Households, Making Homes–A Moral Economy og Migrant Domestic and Care Work in Naples
PlaceUniversity of Sussex
Institute/dept.Associated members
KeywordsIntegration/settlement; Economic integration/labour market/informal economy; Gender
AbstractThe DPhil thesis titled ‘Managing Households, Making Homes – A Moral Economy of Migrant Domestic and Care Work in Naples’ examines the organisation of migrant paid domestic and care work. It is based on 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork conducted among three migrant groups employed as domestic and care workers: Sri Lankan (men and women), Polish (women) and Ukrainian (women). The data consists of thematic, indepth interviews and participant observation. Moreover, it includes interviews with Neapolitan employers and experts dealing with migration matters.

The thesis contributes to the growing literature on migrant domestic work by developing the notion of moral economy as a tool to analyse the complex cultural and symbolic forms of exchange inherent in this kind of labour. From this perspective and combined with Bourdieu’s theory of practice and intersectional perspectives on ‘race’, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and social class, it examines migrant workers’ strategies of migration and transnational practices, as well as the everyday practices of domestic and care work in Neapolitan households. As the title proposes, the main aim of the research is to offer a dynamic perspective to the subject of migrant domestic and care work by bringing together migrants’ strategies of caring and home-making and the everyday practices of Neapolitan housekeeping and caring. On a macro-level, the thesis offers new perspectives on how a familialistic welfare regime intersects with gender and migration regimes as well as with a specific culture of caring and housekeeping.
Document typeDissertation
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