Gender, migration and the ambiguous enterprise of professionalizing domestic service: the case of vocational training for the unemployed in France

Scrinzi, F. (2011) Gender, migration and the ambiguous enterprise of professionalizing domestic service: the case of vocational training for the unemployed in France. Feminist Review, 98, pp. 153-172. (doi:10.1057/fr.2011.6)

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Abstract

Drawing on ethnographic data concerning migrant male domestic workers, this article examines the gendered dimensions of the process of racialization in Italy and France. First, it shows that specific racialized constructions of masculinity are mobilized by the employers as well as by training and recruitment agencies. These constructions of masculinity are related to different forms of organization of the sector in each country and to different ideologies about the integration of migrants. Second, the data presented reveal the strategies used by migrant male domestic workers to reaffirm their masculinity in a traditionally feminized sector. In doing so, this article intends to explore the connections between international migration and the gendering of occupations, with regard to the construction and management of masculinities in domestic service. Finally, by examining men’s experiences, this article aims to contribute to a more complex definition of the international division of care work.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Due to publisher embargo the full text of this article is unavailable until June 2012
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Scrinzi, Dr Francesca
Authors: Scrinzi, F.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Feminist Review
Publisher:SAGE
ISSN:0141-7789
ISSN (Online):1466-4380
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2010 SAGE
First Published:First published in Feminist Review 13(1):44-64
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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