“Gender and Migration in Italy”: a blurb from Professor Fournier

Professor Pascale Fournier has written an enthusiastic review of “Gender and Migration in Italy”, a book edited by Elisa Olivito, director of research projects at the University of Rome, and recently published by Ashgate Publishing. The book discusses the recent migratory flows to Europe and the considerable changes they have brought to many countries. The unique type of migration experienced by Italy offers a unique point of view.

Over the past 40 years, Italy has seen a major trend reversal, as it has transformed from a country of emigration to one of immigration. Interestingly, migration towards Italy began to take on importance at a time when other European countries were gradually starting to close their borders. In addition to discussing the impact of migration and the government response in Italy, the authors also analyse the implications on gender relations. By providing a broad and more complete picture of the Italian perspective on gender and migration, this book makes a valuable contribution to a wider debate. The contributions consider the problematic linkage between gender and migration, while analyzing particular aspects of Italian colonial history, domestic labour market, self-determination, access to social services, second-generation female migrants, family law, multiculturalism and religious symbols. Taking an empirical and theoretical approach, the volume underlines both the multi-faceted problems affecting female migrants in Italy and the way in which questions raised in other countries are introduced and redefined by Italian academia. This book constitutes a valuable resource for researchers, academics and policy-makers working in the areas of migration and gender studies.

Included in the first pages of the book, Professor Pascale Fournier’s blurb reads: “This stimulating and multi-voiced collection is an indispensable read for scholars and students alike, in discursive fields as diverse as law, social sciences and gender studies. Passionately committed to uncovering and reinventing the themes of gender and migration, the authors measure the complex interplay between citizenship, access to power and resources and fundamental rights in an Italian context. This rich and multidisciplinary journey takes the reader to unfamiliar territories, using a whole range of directions to approach the subject. Be prepared to lose your way and find a new path to get back home!” Congratulations to Elisa Olivito and her dynamic team!