Ester Gallo

Ester Gallo
Università degli Studi di Trento | UNITN · Department of Sociology and Social Research

PhD in Social Anthropology

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The adoption of a gendered perspective on the migration-religious nexus is relatively recent. The neglecting of gender in studies of religion and migration can be partly interpreted in relation to the influence of the liberal roots of feminist thought, which considered religion mainly as a tool of male dominance, and secularisation as an inroad to...
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This chapter highlights the importance of analysing the inclusion/exclusion of refugee students within the university in relation to the shifting socio-economic and political dynamics of the locality. It argues how a focus on the territorial embeddedness of higher education communities contributes to our understanding of the internal and external b...
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On the 6th of December 1992 Ayodhya, a Hindu-majority city located in the Northern Indian State of Uttar Pradesh, witnessed the destruction of the Babri Masjid Mosque by an estimated group of 150,000 volunteers (kar sevaks) linked to the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), a Hindu nationalist and right-wing organization . In the subsequent months, communa...
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This article explores inter-caste/religious (ICR) marriages in Kerala (South India) and focuses on the meanings and experiences of biological kinship when the latter is devoid of its expected emotional and relational substance, to become a 'public fiction'. With this expression, I refer to kinship relations accepted in the public sphere, but which...
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This chapter discusses the relation between gender and global religion at two interrelated levels. On the one hand, it explores how membership of a Catholic transnational movement produces changes in gendered family relations and in models of masculinity, in particular. On the other, it draws attention to the peculiar role played by men's conversio...
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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS Despite the historical role played by religious institutions in reproducing social hierarchies based on gender, at the intersection with class and ethnicity, the sociology/anthropology of religion lags behind other fields in developing a gendered analysis. This is partly due to the liberal (and Western-centric) roots of femin...
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This article explores the construction of migrant masculinities in the context of reproductive labour. It focuses on Asian Christian men working as porters in upper middle-class residential buildings in Rome (Italy). This masculinised niche of reproductive labour combines differently gendered chores: feminised tasks (cleaning and caring), which are...
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This paper discuses how Indian middle-class houses have been transformed in the XXth century and how their are recalled and experienced today. It suggests how the house - as a locus of generational pedigree and middle-class consumption - needs to be pluralised in its material and emotional meanings and understood in relation to what the inhabiting...
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This chapter will explore the meanings in South India of genealogical records for the legitimation or critique of contemporary marriages, and particularly of love and/or intercommunity ones. Genealogical records and graphs can be considered as a relatively widespread exercise among Indians, and this partly reflects their status aspirations. The cha...
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This chapter explores the relation between colonialism, Malayali reform movements and the transformations occurred in the domestic shpere and in middle-class trajectories of mobility more broadly. It discusses specifically the historical context in which the ‘Yoka Kshema Sabha’ (YKS) developed to voice reformist ambitions of young Nambudiris. The Y...
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The article explores ambivalence among middle-class Indian migrants who return to India after their retirement. It discusses intergenerational ambivalence from the dual perspectives of the relation between older migrants and their parents, and that linking the former to their migrant children today. Older migrants’ transnationalism is an important...
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Typically, scholars approach migrants' religions as a safeguard of cultural identity, something that connects migrants to their communities of origin. This ethnographic anthology challenges that position by reframing the religious experiences of migrants as a transformative force capable of refashioning narratives of displacement into journeys of s...
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Typically, scholars approach migrants’ religions as a safeguard of cultural identity, something that connects migrants to their communities of origin. This ethnographic anthology challenges that position by reframing the religious experiences of migrants as a transformative force capable of refashioning narratives of displacement into journeys of s...
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The analysis of diaries and written autobiographies is key to the understanding of how gendered selves are constructed across history in relation to colonial and postcolonial projects of family modernity. They offer important insights on how different individuals make sense of their class locations and construct their self in dialogue with the form...
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The article explores the semantic and experiential meanings of diaspora within the context of global Catholicism. Drawing from research conducted in Italy, the United Kingdom, and Turkey with the reformist movement known as the Neocatechumenal Way (NCW), the analysis delves into the broader question of how the refashioning of global religions is tr...
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The Introduction provides the theoretical background to the issues addressed in the book by reviewing two sets of literature—one on gender and paid domestic/care labour and the other on masculinity and migration—and shows how they have largely remained disconnected from each other. It is suggested that an analysis of migrant men in the internationa...
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This chapter investigates migrant men’s experiences of conjugality and fatherhood and locates their narratives of love, sacrifice, and independence in the context of their transnational families. The chapter covers the trajectories of men who are inserted in a wider female-centred kinship network and who have reached Italy through legal family reun...
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This chapter locates the issues of racism, masculinities, and reproductive labour in the specifics of the Italian cultural and political context, connecting its national features to European tendencies. This chapter discusses how ethnicity, gender, and religion/secularism operate in Europe and in Italy to construct forms of exploitation and discrim...
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This chapter reviews and discusses existing studies and data on the employment of migrant men in Europe and compares this context with other relevant geopolitical areas such as the USA and Asian countries. It places the analysis of the Italian case within a wider comparative perspective and highlights how the analysis of a specific national context...
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This chapter explores the networks that mediate the entry of migrant men into domestic/care services in Italy, and their experiences in this feminised job. Catholic institutions play an important role in this context by providing informal services, including training, recruitment, and administrative support. The practices of these ‘gate-keepers’ of...
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The conclusion threads the different lines of enquiry developed in the book and discusses its main contributions to the field. By moving beyond women-centred analysis of the ‘international division of reproductive labour’ and revealing how masculinities are constructed in the ‘private’ domain of the home, the analysis contributes to both the femini...
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This chapter explores the social construction of hegemonic and subordinate masculinities in the home, by considering work relations between migrant male workers and their employers in cleaning and elderly care services. The chapter considers the practices and experiences of male and female employers of different backgrounds to provide insights into...
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This chapter discusses the occupational and social mobility of migrant men who move out of live-in jobs in paid domestic/care work. Men strategically use the values of ‘connectedness’ and ‘respectability’ that mould understandings of domestic/care services in order to reassert their economic power in the household and gain residential autonomy. The...
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This innovative book analyses the role gender plays in the relationship between globalisation, migration and reproductive labour. Exploring the gendered experiences of migrant men and the social construction of racialised masculinities in the context of the 'international division of reproductive labour' (IDRL), it examines how new patterns of cons...
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This article questions the dichotomy of ‘classical anthropological topics/traditional fieldwork’ versus ‘contemporary topics/multi-sited imaginary’ and interrogates the role of village ethnography in the understanding of kinship among globalising Indian middle classes. The argument is twofold. Firstly, I suggest that the current rhetoric on the dis...
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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-f...
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The article analyses migrants' uses of irony in relation to normative conceptions of intergenerational affection, in Kerala (South India) and in the diaspora. It draws from current understanding of irony not only as a figure of speech but also as an emotionally-charged attitude of scorn and dissatisfaction towards a dominant view of society. The et...
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The article analyses the relation between social remittances and migrant families through the perspective of migrant elites’ politics of identity in sending contexts. It argues for the importance of looking historically at how competing engagements with migration have led people to morally evaluate the suitability of remittances for kinship well-be...
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The creation of places of worship in the Indian diaspora has received due attention in social sciences. The current literature has rightfully highlighted the role of religious places in connecting ethnic minority fellows across generations, in promoting continuity with different diasporic locations and in allowing migrants to enter the public spher...
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Abstract Immigration from South Asia to Italy is a recent phenomenon and novel in that the pioneer migrants are often married or single women rather than men. In this article I explore the relationship between a ‘feminization of migration’ and the construction of masculine identities among Malayali migrants from Kerala, South India, who experience...
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This article explores the relation between women's active engagement with trans-national migration and transformations in the meanings and practices of marriage through the lens of gender relations and generational change. After reconstructing the history of Malayali migration in Italy, I will show how ideologies and practices surrounding marriage...

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