Caring for the elderly in the family or in the nation? Gender, women and migrant care labour in the Lega Nord

Scrinzi, F. (2017) Caring for the elderly in the family or in the nation? Gender, women and migrant care labour in the Lega Nord. West European Politics, 40(4), pp. 869-886. (doi:10.1080/01402382.2017.1287447)

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Abstract

This article aims at gendering our understanding of populist radical right ideology, policy and activism in Italy. It does so by focusing on migrant care labour, which provides a strategic site for addressing the relationship between anti-immigration politics and the gendered and racialised division of work. Three arrangements and understandings of elderly care are analysed, whereby care work should be performed ‘in the family and in the nation’, ‘in the family/outside the nation’ and ‘in the nation/outside the family’. Party documents and interviews with women activists are used to show how the activists’ views and experiences partly diverge from the Lega Nord rhetoric and policy on immigration, gender and care work. The article locates populist radical right politics in the context of the international division of reproductive labour in Italy and suggests the relevance of analysing gender relations in populist radical right parties in connection with national care regimes.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Scrinzi, Dr Francesca
Authors: Scrinzi, F.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:West European Politics
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0140-2382
ISSN (Online):1743-9655
Published Online:21 February 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in West European Politics 40(4):869-886
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
593831Gendering activism in populist radical right parties: A comparative study of women�\200\231s and men�\200\231s participation in the Northern League (Italy) and the National Front (France)Francesca ScrinziEuropean Research Council (ERC)UNSPECIFIEDSPS - SOCIOLOGY