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Dirty Work: Immigrants in Domestic Service, Agriculture, and Prostitution in Sicily

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Dirty Work explores the lives and work of recent immigrants from Africa, Asia, and elsewhere to the southern Italian region of Sicily. Using extensive research, Cole and Booth focus on the experiences of foreigners employed in domestic service, prostitution, and agriculture. Investigation of these key sectors affords a revealing vantage point onto the place of Sicily in the increasingly international circuit of people, goods, practices, and capital. The book departs from the focus, common in immigration studies, on a single nationality or location by instead describing the experiences of foreigners of diverse origins in rural and urban areas. The Sicilian case epitomizes what is one of the most significant developments in contemporary Europe: the recent transformation of the South from labor exporter to immigrant destination. Probing the material foundations of the contemporary world, Dirty Work's clear and compelling presentation of timely themes should make it of interest to a broad readership, including students, scholars, and the interested public

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Cole (anthropology, Dowling College, New York) and Booth (cultural history, The Ross School, New York) explore the causes and consequences of recent immigration of men and women from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America to rural and urban settings in the southern Italian region of Sicily. The book examines the experiences of immigrants involved in three kinds of 'dirty work'--domestic service, street prostitution, and agriculture. It describes the development of racial and ethnic identity within the crucible of local economy and culture; explores how networks and families promote, guide, and stymie the projects of individuals; and records the occupational and geographical mobility characteristic of immigrants to Sicily. The authors consider the dynamic effects of newcomers on Sicilian society and culture, and the island's changing relationship to the wider world. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Dirty Work explores the lives and work of recent immigrants from Africa, Asia, and elsewhere to the southern Italian region of Sicily. Using extensive research, Cole and Booth focus on the experiences of foreigners employed in domestic service, prostitution, and agriculture.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780739117248
Author:
Cole, Jeffrey
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Author:
Booth, Sally Smith
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Emigration & Immigration
Subject:
Alien labor
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Subject:
Alien labor - Italy - Sicily
Subject:
Women alien labor - Italy - Sicily
Subject:
Politics-Labor
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
163
Dimensions:
8.97x6.20x.30 in. .65 lbs.

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