The Moral Economy of Domestic and Care Labour: Migrant Workers in Naples, Italy

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This article proposes the notion of moral economy as a useful lens for the analysis of migrant domestic and care work. Drawing on ethnographic data collected in Naples, Southern Italy, it argues that paid domestic and care work relationships are based on a moral economy, i.e. on notions of good/bad, just/unjust rather than merely economic profit maximisation. There is a tendency of transforming labour relationships into family-like relationships due to the locus of domestic work within the privacy of households and the nature of domestic labour relationships as highly personalised. However, unlike the existing research literature conveys, many migrant workers feel that being treated like part of the family characterises the best possible work relationship.
Bidragets titel på inmatningsspråkKotitalous- ja hoivatyön moraalitalous: Maahanmuuttajataustaiset työntekijät Napolissa, Italiassa
Sidor (från-till)396–412
Antal sidor17
StatusPublicerad - 2011
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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