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Francesca Scrinzi is Marie Curie fellow at the European University Institute. She holds a position as a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Glasgow, UK, and is an associated member of CRRESPA/GTM Genre Travail Mobilités (research centre on Gender Work and Mobilities), CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research), Paris, France. Since 2001 she has carried out ethnographic comparative research work on migrant domestic/care workers in Italy and France. She has also recently researched gender relations in anti-immigration activism in Europe (European Research Council Starting Grant, Gendering activism in populist radical right parties. A comparative study of women’s and men’s participation in the Northern League (Italy) and the National Front (France), 2012-2014’). Her publications include Genre, migrations et emplois de care en France et en Italie. Construction de la non qualification et de l’altérité ethnique (Gender, Migration and Care Labour in France and Italy. The Social Construction of Skill and Cultural Otherness), 2013, Paris: Éditions Pétra, and Migrant Men, Masculinities and Domestic Labour. Men of the Home, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, with E. Gallo, forthcoming in 2016. Her publications on the issue of gendered migration, migrant care labour, the intersections of gender and ethnicity, and of gender in the populist radical right have appeared on Sociology, Feminist Review, Men and Masculinities and Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa.
MIGRANTCHRISTIANITY. Migration, Religion and Work in Comparative Perspective: Evangelical ‘ethnic churches’ in Southern Europe
How do Evangelical migrants use religion and church-related networks to seek employment, pursue social mobility, construct respectability and resist racism? How do Evangelical churches become ‘brokers’ of socio-economic integration of their members thus stakeholders in immigration countries? These are the main questions that this project seeks to answer. MIGRANTCHRISTIANITY investigates how migrant men and women from Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America make use of a minority religion in negotiating their social and economic integration in Europe.
More specifically, the project focuses on Ghanaian and Ecuadorian migrants in Italy and Spain. I investigate how migrants develop strategies of integration through the Evangelical churches and how such strategies are shaped by ethnicity, class, gender and age. I also look at how Evangelical churches act as ‘brokers’ of integration, in relation to employment but also with reference to a wider social positioning of the migrant as a ‘minority Christian’. In doing so, my research contributes to our understanding of the role of minority religions in migrants’ integration or marginalisation and how migration is reconfiguring the Italian and Spanish societies through the production of new understandings of Christianity that challenge the Catholic majority religion as well as dominant views of migrant religion as Islam only. The project brings together two hitherto separate strands of research – that on migrant labour and ethnicity, and on migration-driven Evangelical churches.