Caring for the elderly in the family or in the nation? : gender, women and migrant care labour in the Lega Nord
Title: Caring for the elderly in the family or in the nation? : gender, women and migrant care labour in the Lega Nord
Author: SCRINZI, Francesca
Citation: West European politics, 2017, Vol. 40, No. 4, pp. 869-886
Series/Number: [Global Governance Programme]; [Cultural Pluralism]
ISSN: 0140-2382; 1743-9655
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.
Published online: 21 Feb 2017
Grant number: FP7/312711/EU
Type of Access: openAccess
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