Moral Encounters

Drawing Boundaries of Class, Sexuality and Migrancy in Paid Domestic Work

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Abstract

I examine how migrant–national encounters are morally framed through boundary making based on intersections of class, sexuality, ethnicity and migrancy. Encounters are a fruitful lens for the study of the everyday politics of diversity and belonging. By focusing on encounters it is possible to analyse whether close contact does in fact reduce prejudice, as has been argued in research on cosmopolitan urbanism. I present the notion of contact space as a conceptual tool for such analysis, as well as examples of contact spaces in the private and public spheres. I use ethnographic data on the employment of domestic workers in Naples, Italy, to show that close contact does not alleviate prejudices in societies that offer little possibility of social advancement for migrant workers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Volume37
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)363-380
Number of pages18
ISSN0141-9870
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • Migration Studies
  • ethnic relations

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In: Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 37, No. 2, 2014, p. 363-380.

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