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Intimate others and risky tenants: disentangling the economy of affect shaping women’s migratory projects in Italy

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>30/09/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Political Power
Issue number3
Volume12
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)425-442
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date21/09/19
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

This article discusses how the Western imaginary that the market and intimacy are separate and hostile spheres affects some women’s migratory projects in Italy. It traces the place and meaning of this trope within contemporary feminist and sex workers rights’ activists debates on prostitution. Drawing from ethnographic research, it shows how migrant women prevail in and navigate jobs that transgress this normative separation–care and sex work–resulting in their positioning as ‘intimate Others’ or ‘risky tenants’. It argues that addressing women’s predicaments requires tackling the intersecting structures of inequality moulding the conditions under which they perform and exchange labour.