The making of ‘proper’ homes

Everyday practices in migrant domestic work in Naples

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Abstract

Changing from a country of emigration into one of immigration has been one
of the major phenomena of Italian society in recent years. One of the realms
where this has been most evident is in Italian households employing migrants for
domestic service and care work. This article looks at domestic and care practices
in the everyday life of a Neapolitan household. Based on participant observation
conducted in Giuseppe’s apartment, it shows how the traditional Neapolitan way
of life can be maintained by employing a live-in worker. It discusses some of the
contradictions and tensions involved in this kind of work, and, by looking at
everyday life, it also questions depictions of vulnerable migrant workers at the
mercy of their employers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalModern Italy
Volume14
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages18
ISSN1353-2944
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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