Dreaming circularity? : Eastern European women and job-sharing in paid home care
Title: Dreaming circularity? : Eastern European women and job-sharing in paid home care
Author: MARCHETTI, Sabrina
Citation: Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 2013, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 347-363
Series/Number: [Global Governance Programme]; [Cultural Pluralism]
ISSN: 1556-2948; 1556-2956
Circularity seems to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue and, inter- estingly, eastern European care workers and Italian employers are starting to depict this arrangement as their “ideal.” Yet these ide- alized descriptions still raise a number of questions. Throughout this article, the narratives from eastern European “circular-carers” and those of Italian employers illustrate the way commodification of care, transformation of gender roles in post-Soviet countries, and the precarization of women’s labor (especially for breadwinners age 50 and older) influence individual desires and decisions and, thus, promote the spread of this migratory pattern.
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