The article looks at domestic workers’ rights organisations as an interesting case of social movements including intersectionality into their political practice, in other words doing what we call ‘intersectionality in action’. The article draws on in-depth interviews gathered in a comparative study on domestic workers’ rights in Italy, Germany, Spain, India, Philippines, Taiwan, Colombia, Brazil and Ecuador (2016–21). Across these diverse contexts, domestic workers’ groups face the com- mon challenge of organising a multiply marginalised workforce typically consti- tuted by women belonging to low-class, low-caste, racialised, and migrant groups. The intersectionality of the labour force composition is reflected in different ways at the level of collective identity making, of claims and actions, as well as at the level of the discursive frames mobilised to promote their rights. The activist do- mestic workers included in our study show similarly creative ways to deal with these challenges and take into account intersectional inequalities in their political practice, and they do so primarily in creating independent organisations, autono- mous collective identities, and processes of re-appropriation of feminist frames.

L’intersezionalità come pratica politica nei movimenti di lavoratrici domestiche

Sabrina Marchetti
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
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giulia garofalo
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
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2022-01-01

Abstract

The article looks at domestic workers’ rights organisations as an interesting case of social movements including intersectionality into their political practice, in other words doing what we call ‘intersectionality in action’. The article draws on in-depth interviews gathered in a comparative study on domestic workers’ rights in Italy, Germany, Spain, India, Philippines, Taiwan, Colombia, Brazil and Ecuador (2016–21). Across these diverse contexts, domestic workers’ groups face the com- mon challenge of organising a multiply marginalised workforce typically consti- tuted by women belonging to low-class, low-caste, racialised, and migrant groups. The intersectionality of the labour force composition is reflected in different ways at the level of collective identity making, of claims and actions, as well as at the level of the discursive frames mobilised to promote their rights. The activist do- mestic workers included in our study show similarly creative ways to deal with these challenges and take into account intersectional inequalities in their political practice, and they do so primarily in creating independent organisations, autono- mous collective identities, and processes of re-appropriation of feminist frames.
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