Outsourcing elderly care to migrant workers : the impact of gender and class on the experience of male employers
Title: Outsourcing elderly care to migrant workers : the impact of gender and class on the experience of male employers
Citation: Sociology, 2016, Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 366-382
ISSN: 0038-0385; 1469-8684
This article, based on semi-structured interviews, addresses masculinity in the international division of reproductive labour through an analysis of the impact of gender and class on the outsourcing of elderly care services to migrant care workers. In the Italian context, characterised by a limited provision of long-term care services and by cash-for-care benefits, the strategies of men as employers of migrant care workers are shaped by class and gender. The outsourcing of care to migrant workers reproduces hegemonic masculinity in so far as male employers are able to withdraw from the ‘dirty work’. At the same time, men engage with tasks which are, in principle, kept at a distance. The employers’ family status, combined with their class background, are crucial factors in shaping the heterogeneity of men’s experiences as employers and managers of care labour, and the ways in which they make sense of their masculinity.
First published online April 28, 2015
Type of Access: openAccess
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