Dr Francesca Scrinzi

  • Senior Lecturer (Sociology)

telephone: 0141 330 4090
email: Francesca.Scrinzi@glasgow.ac.uk

Biography

Since 2000, I have researched the issues of gender, racism and migrant labour, more specifically the intersections between the social divisions of care work, the restructuring of welfare state systems and international migration in comparative perspective in European societies. Care as a resource is unequally distributed in the world: on the one hand, middle-class women in affluent countries increasingly rely on migrant and racialised women to 'buy out' domestic and care work, in societies characterised by durable inequalities in the sexual division of labour and the restructuring of public care provision.

My ethnographic comparative study of migrant women's and men's employment in care jobs in France and Italy 13 (Genre, migrations et emplois domestiques en France et en Italie. Construction de la non qualification et de l’altérité ethnique (Gender, Migration and Domestic Labour in France and Italy. The Social Construction of Skill and Otherness), Éditions Pétra, Paris, 2013) addressed the international division of care work, by bringing together the restructuring of Welfare states and of the labour market, international migration and immigration policies, the changing patterns of the sexual division of work and those of women's employment in contemporary European societies. One original contribution of the book is to compare different forms of organisation of work relations, by examining the traditional household-based domestic service relationship between a private employer and an employee (in Italy) and care-givers working in non-profit associations providing home-based services (in France). Indeed, in recent years scholars have pointed to the necessity of incorporating into the analysis of the 'international care chains' other agents of social reproduction besides the households, such as the market, the non-profit sector, the Welfare State and immigration policies. More specifically, the book explores the interplay of social relations of gender, class and racism in training and recruitment practices, where ideas of 'cultural difference' and 'femininity' are embedded and negotiated. The cross-national comparative perspective sheds light on the different ways in which Otherness and 'skill' are socially constructed in two very different national context, characterised by specific care and gender regimes, migratory patterns, public policies, models of integration and forms of organisation of care work.

My research on migrant domestic labour and the international division of care work has responded to recent scholarly debates: researchers have expressed reservations about the narrow focus of existing studies. Most of these concerned only female labour and female employers within domestic service, and examined the traditional household-based domestic service while neglecting actors, institutions and settings of care work within the public sphere. My work successfully broke with these restrictions so as to broaden our definitions of the international division of care by including the issues of men’s work and masculinities (the monographic book Migrant Men, Masculinities and Domestic Labour. Men of the Home, co-authored with Ester Gallo, forthcoming in 2016 at Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan), and, further, by addressing migrants working as cleaners and care-givers within institutional and bureaucratised settings.

More recently, but building on this earlier research, I have started to investigate migrant women's collective mobilisations and how feminist politics deals with the challenge of migration, with particular regard to the issue of domestic labour. Very few studies examine the impact of migration on feminist practices and the role of migrant activists in Italy. These studies tend to downplay the organisation of domestic work and its impact on migrant women's political participation. Yet my research findings suggest that the organisation of domestic work heavily affects the political relationship between native and migrant women in Italy (see Grants).

Since 2010 I have worked on women’s activism and gender relations in the Italian anti-immigration party the Northern league. My current research focuses on the Northern League party (NL) in Italy and the National Front party (NF) in France (ERC – European Research Council, Starting Grant, 'Gendering Activism in Populist Radical Right Parties. A comparative study of women’s and men’s participation in the Northern League (Italy) and the National Front (France)’ 2012-2014).

As a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the European University Institute of Florence (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Global Governance Programme), I am currently researching Evangelical migrants in Southern Europe, within the project funded by the European Commission titled MIGRANTCHRISTIANITY. Migration, Religion and Work in Comparative Perspective: Evangelical ‘ethnic churches’ in Southern Europe (2015-2017).

Research interests

  • Gendered migration, migrant women
  • Racism, ethnicity and gender
  • Migration and racism in contemporary France and Italy
  • Women and work; the sexual division of labour
  • Migrant domestic workers and the international division of care work
  • Gender relations and anti-immigration activism in contemporary Europe
  • Migrant and native women’s activism in contemporary Italy
  • Migration and religion, migrant Christianity
  • Evangelical migrants in Southern Europe

Current research project

MIGRANTCHRISTIANITY. Migration, Religion and Work in Comparative Perspective: Evangelical 'ethnic churches' in Southern Europe

How do Evangelical migrants use religion and church-related networks to seek employment, pursue social mobility, construct respectability and resist racism? How do Evangelical churches become 'brokers' of socio-economic integration of their members thus stakeholders in immigration countries? These are the main questions that this project seeks to answer. MIGRANTCHRISTIANITY investigates how migrant men and women from Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America make use of a minority religion in negotiating their social and economic integration in Europe.

More specifically, the project focuses on Ghanaian and Ecuadorian migrants in Italy and Spain. I investigate how migrants develop strategies of integration through the Evangelical churches and how such strategies are shaped by ethnicity, class, gender and age. I also look at how Evangelical churches act as 'brokers' of integration, in relation to employment but also with reference to a wider social positioning of the migrant as a 'minority Christian'. In doing so, my research contributes to our understanding of the role of minority religions in migrants' integration or marginalisation and how migration is reconfiguring the Italian and Spanish societies through the production of new understandings of Christianity that challenge the Catholic majority religion as well as dominant views of migrant religion as Islam only. The project brings together two hitherto separate strands of research – that on migrant labour and ethnicity, and on migration-driven Evangelical churches.

 

Grants

Migration and religion in Southern Europe. Evangelical Christianity, migration and work

“MIGRANTCHRISTIANITY. Migration, Religion and Work in Comparative Perspective: Evangelical ‘ethnic churches’ in Southern Europe”, Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship of the European Commission, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies/Global Governance Programme, European University Institute (2015-2017).

Gender Relations in Anti-Immigration Social Movements in Europe 

"Gendering Activism in Populist Radical Right Parties: A Comparative Study of Women’s and Men’s Participation in The Northern League (Italy) and The National Front (France)", European Research Council, Starting grant, euros 228,674 (2012-2014)

2010, British Academy small grant, ‘Gendering the study of anti-immigration movements in Europe: women and men activists in the Northern League party in Italy’ (£1,756).

2010, Adam Smith Research Foundation Seedcorn grant, ‘Women’s associations and representations of gender in the Northern League party: a study of documentary sources’ (£1,200). 

Migrant and Native Women's Activism in Contemporary Italy

An ethnographic study of migrant and native women's associations in Italy, British Academy small grant (£976, award n. SG110856), June-July 2012

‘Italian feminism and the challenge of international migration’, 10th June-10th July 2011, ethnographic study funded through  Sociology Seedcorn funding, University of Glasgow.

Additional information

Qualifications

  • Laurea (BA) in Contemporary history, Genoa, Italy (1999)
  • DEA (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies = MSc / MA) in Sociologie des Migrations et relations interethniques (Migrations and Ethnic Relations), Nice, France (2001)
  • PhD in Sociology, Nice, France (2005)

Positions held

  • 2013, Visiting fellow, CEE - Centre d’études éuropéennes, Sciences Po, IEP - Institute for Political Studies, Paris, France
  • 2013, Visiting professor, Department of Sociology, University of Milan Bicocca, Italy
  • Postdoctoral fellow (CNRS, French National Centre for Scientific Research, 2006-2007)
  • Consultant for UNESCO, Sector for Social and Human Sciences, International Migration and Multicultural Policies Section, Paris (2006)
  • Assistant lecturer (allocataire monitrice), Department of Sociology, University of Nice, France (2001-2004)

Membership of Research Centres and Networks and Professional associations

External websites

Publications

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Number of items: 24.

2016

Gallo, E., and Scrinzi, F. (2016) Outsourcing elderly care to migrant workers: the impact of gender and class on the experience of male employers. Sociology, 50(2), pp. 366-382. (doi:10.1177/0038038515573688)

2015

Scrinzi, F. (2015) Righteous patriots, corrupted élites, undeserving poors. The construction of multiple social boundaries in the National Front. Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa, 2015(1), pp. 55-74. (doi:10.3240/79640)

Scrinzi, F. (2015) A relational approach to the study of gender in radical right populism. In: Magaraggia, S. and Vingelli, G. (eds.) Genere e partecipazione politica. Franco Angeli: Milan, pp. 82-94. ISBN 9788891712318

2014

Scrinzi, F. (2014) Caring for the Nation: Men and Women Activists in Radical Right Populist Parties 2012-2014. Final Research Report to European Research Council. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED.

Scrinzi, F. (2014) Gendering Activism in Populist Radical Right Parties. A Comparative Study of Women’s and Men’s Participation in the Northern League (Italy) and The National Front (France). In-Progress Preliminary Analysis Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

Marchetti, S., and Scrinzi, F. (2014) Gendered and Racialised Constructions of Work in Bureaucratised Care Services in Italy. Working Paper. European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.

Scrinzi, F. (2014) Rapporti di genere e militanza nella Lega nord: donne forti in un partito virile. In: Curcio, A. and Perini, L. (eds.) Attraverso la Lega: La Costruzione del Consenso sul Territorio e le Trasformazioni della Società Italiana. Il Mulino and University of Padova, Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies: Bologna, Italy, pp. 163-184. ISBN 9788815251213

2013

Scrinzi, F. (2013) Genre, Migrations et Emplois Domestiques en France et en Italie. Construction de la Non Qualification et de L’altérité Ethnique. Editions Pétra: Paris, France. ISBN 9782847430813

2012

Scrinzi, F. (2012) Gendering anti-immigration politics in Europe. Queries, 1(7), pp. 79-90.

2011

Marchetti, S., and Scrinzi, F. (2011) The gendered construction of a 'caring otherness': Migrant women working in the 'care industry' in Italy and the Netherlands. In: Caponio, T., Giordano, F. and Ricaldone, L. (eds.) World Wide Women: Globalizzazione, Generi, Linguaggio. CIRSDE (Centro Interdisciplinare di Ricerche e Studi delle Donne), University of Turin: Torino, Italy, pp. 29-38. ISBN 9788890555633

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)

Scrinzi, F. (2011) Migration, service domestique et rapports sociaux de sexe: qu'en est-il des hommes dans la division internationale du care? In: Palidda, S. (ed.) Migrations Critiques: Repenser les Migrations Comme Mobilités Humaines en Méditerranée. Khartala: Paris, France, pp. 146-152. ISBN 9782811104054

2010

Scrinzi, F. (2010) Masculinities and the international division of care: migrant male domestic workers in Italy and France. Men and Masculinities, 13(1), pp. 44-64. (doi:10.1177/1097184X10382880)

Scrinzi, F. (2010) Migrazioni, servizio domestico e rapporti di genere: il ruolo degli uomini nella divisione internazionale del lavoro di cura. In: Palidda, S. (ed.) Il «discorso» ambiguo sulle migrazioni. Mesogea: Messina, pp. 115-130.

Scrinzi, F., and Sarti, R. (2010) Introduction to the special issue: Men in a woman's job: Male domestic workers, international migration and the globalization of care. Men and Masculinities, 13(1), pp. 4-15. (doi:10.1177/1097184X10382878)

2009

Scrinzi, F. (2009) "Cleaning and ironing… With a smile": Migrant workers in the care industry in France. Journal of Workplace Rights, 14(3), pp. 271-292. (doi:10.2190/WR.14.3.b)

2008

Falquet, J., Rabaud, A., Freedman, J., and Scrinzi, F. (2008) Femmes, Genre, Migrations et Mondialisation: Un Etat des Problématiques. Series: Collection des cahiers du CEDREF: Série colloques et travaux. Publications Diderot: Paris, France. ISBN 9782744201417

Scrinzi, F. (2008) Migrations and the restructuring of Welfare state in Italy. Change and continuity in the Italian domestic work sector. In: Lutz, H. (ed.) Migration and Domestic Work: A European Perspective on a Global Theme. Series: Studies in migration and diaspora. Ashgate: Aldershot, pp. 29-42. ISBN 9780754647904

Scrinzi, F. (2008) Quelques notions pour penser les rapports sociaux de race, classe et sexe. In: Falquet, J., Rabaud, A., Reedman, J. and Scrinzi, F. (eds.) Femmes, Genre, Migrations et Mondialisation. Un Etat des Problématiques. Series: Collection des cahiers du CEDREF. Série colloques et travaux. Publications Diderot: Paris, France, pp. 80-100. ISBN 9782744201417

2006

Scrinzi, F. (2006) Interni domestici. Lavorare 'fissa' come colf e assistente famigliare. Conflitti globali, 4, pp. 168-178.

2005

Scrinzi, F. (2005) Les hommes de mÚnage, ou comment aborder la fÚminisation des migrations en interviewant des hommes. Migrations Société. La Revue du CIEMI (Centre d'Information et d'études sur les Migrations Internationales)., 17(99-100), pp. 229-240.

2004

Scrinzi, F. (2004) Professionals of Tradition. Migrant Women in the Domestic Work SectorProfessioniste della tradizione. Le donne migranti nel mercato del lavoro domestico. Polis, 18(1), pp. 107-136.

2003

Scrinzi, F. (2003) Les employees de maison migrantes en Italie: Ethnicisation et controle dans le circuit catholique a Genes (French). Canadian Woman Studies, 22(40271), pp. 182-187.

Scrinzi, F. (2003) Ma culture dans laquelle elle travaille'. Les migrantes dans les services domestiques en Italie et en France. Cahiers du Cedref 10, 'Genre, travail et migrations en Europe, 10, pp. 137-162.

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Number of items: 24.

Articles

Gallo, E., and Scrinzi, F. (2016) Outsourcing elderly care to migrant workers: the impact of gender and class on the experience of male employers. Sociology, 50(2), pp. 366-382. (doi:10.1177/0038038515573688)

Scrinzi, F. (2015) Righteous patriots, corrupted élites, undeserving poors. The construction of multiple social boundaries in the National Front. Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa, 2015(1), pp. 55-74. (doi:10.3240/79640)

Scrinzi, F. (2012) Gendering anti-immigration politics in Europe. Queries, 1(7), pp. 79-90.

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)

Scrinzi, F. (2010) Masculinities and the international division of care: migrant male domestic workers in Italy and France. Men and Masculinities, 13(1), pp. 44-64. (doi:10.1177/1097184X10382880)

Scrinzi, F., and Sarti, R. (2010) Introduction to the special issue: Men in a woman's job: Male domestic workers, international migration and the globalization of care. Men and Masculinities, 13(1), pp. 4-15. (doi:10.1177/1097184X10382878)

Scrinzi, F. (2009) "Cleaning and ironing… With a smile": Migrant workers in the care industry in France. Journal of Workplace Rights, 14(3), pp. 271-292. (doi:10.2190/WR.14.3.b)

Scrinzi, F. (2006) Interni domestici. Lavorare 'fissa' come colf e assistente famigliare. Conflitti globali, 4, pp. 168-178.

Scrinzi, F. (2005) Les hommes de mÚnage, ou comment aborder la fÚminisation des migrations en interviewant des hommes. Migrations Société. La Revue du CIEMI (Centre d'Information et d'études sur les Migrations Internationales)., 17(99-100), pp. 229-240.

Scrinzi, F. (2004) Professionals of Tradition. Migrant Women in the Domestic Work SectorProfessioniste della tradizione. Le donne migranti nel mercato del lavoro domestico. Polis, 18(1), pp. 107-136.

Scrinzi, F. (2003) Les employees de maison migrantes en Italie: Ethnicisation et controle dans le circuit catholique a Genes (French). Canadian Woman Studies, 22(40271), pp. 182-187.

Scrinzi, F. (2003) Ma culture dans laquelle elle travaille'. Les migrantes dans les services domestiques en Italie et en France. Cahiers du Cedref 10, 'Genre, travail et migrations en Europe, 10, pp. 137-162.

Books

Scrinzi, F. (2013) Genre, Migrations et Emplois Domestiques en France et en Italie. Construction de la Non Qualification et de L’altérité Ethnique. Editions Pétra: Paris, France. ISBN 9782847430813

Falquet, J., Rabaud, A., Freedman, J., and Scrinzi, F. (2008) Femmes, Genre, Migrations et Mondialisation: Un Etat des Problématiques. Series: Collection des cahiers du CEDREF: Série colloques et travaux. Publications Diderot: Paris, France. ISBN 9782744201417

Book Sections

Scrinzi, F. (2015) A relational approach to the study of gender in radical right populism. In: Magaraggia, S. and Vingelli, G. (eds.) Genere e partecipazione politica. Franco Angeli: Milan, pp. 82-94. ISBN 9788891712318

Scrinzi, F. (2014) Rapporti di genere e militanza nella Lega nord: donne forti in un partito virile. In: Curcio, A. and Perini, L. (eds.) Attraverso la Lega: La Costruzione del Consenso sul Territorio e le Trasformazioni della Società Italiana. Il Mulino and University of Padova, Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies: Bologna, Italy, pp. 163-184. ISBN 9788815251213

Marchetti, S., and Scrinzi, F. (2011) The gendered construction of a 'caring otherness': Migrant women working in the 'care industry' in Italy and the Netherlands. In: Caponio, T., Giordano, F. and Ricaldone, L. (eds.) World Wide Women: Globalizzazione, Generi, Linguaggio. CIRSDE (Centro Interdisciplinare di Ricerche e Studi delle Donne), University of Turin: Torino, Italy, pp. 29-38. ISBN 9788890555633

Scrinzi, F. (2011) Migration, service domestique et rapports sociaux de sexe: qu'en est-il des hommes dans la division internationale du care? In: Palidda, S. (ed.) Migrations Critiques: Repenser les Migrations Comme Mobilités Humaines en Méditerranée. Khartala: Paris, France, pp. 146-152. ISBN 9782811104054

Scrinzi, F. (2010) Migrazioni, servizio domestico e rapporti di genere: il ruolo degli uomini nella divisione internazionale del lavoro di cura. In: Palidda, S. (ed.) Il «discorso» ambiguo sulle migrazioni. Mesogea: Messina, pp. 115-130.

Scrinzi, F. (2008) Migrations and the restructuring of Welfare state in Italy. Change and continuity in the Italian domestic work sector. In: Lutz, H. (ed.) Migration and Domestic Work: A European Perspective on a Global Theme. Series: Studies in migration and diaspora. Ashgate: Aldershot, pp. 29-42. ISBN 9780754647904

Scrinzi, F. (2008) Quelques notions pour penser les rapports sociaux de race, classe et sexe. In: Falquet, J., Rabaud, A., Reedman, J. and Scrinzi, F. (eds.) Femmes, Genre, Migrations et Mondialisation. Un Etat des Problématiques. Series: Collection des cahiers du CEDREF. Série colloques et travaux. Publications Diderot: Paris, France, pp. 80-100. ISBN 9782744201417

Research Reports or Papers

Scrinzi, F. (2014) Caring for the Nation: Men and Women Activists in Radical Right Populist Parties 2012-2014. Final Research Report to European Research Council. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED.

Scrinzi, F. (2014) Gendering Activism in Populist Radical Right Parties. A Comparative Study of Women’s and Men’s Participation in the Northern League (Italy) and The National Front (France). In-Progress Preliminary Analysis Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

Marchetti, S., and Scrinzi, F. (2014) Gendered and Racialised Constructions of Work in Bureaucratised Care Services in Italy. Working Paper. European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.

This list was generated on Wed Jul 27 00:49:01 2016 BST.