"Chinese Immigration and Family Encounters in Italy"
Elizabeth Krause’s current research seeks to illuminate how families negotiate the terms of transnational capitalism and the novel models of social organization and practices that underwrite its dynamics in one region of southern Europe. Here, a demographic “crisis” of very low fertility collides with an economic “crisis” of globalization. The “family” as a social unit has become politically charged. An industrial district in Central Italy serves as an ethnographic laboratory to explore how two populations contend with the structural inequalities, power dynamics and governing strategies of globalization. Her new project, “Tight Knit: Two Familisms in One Country,” focuses on relations between and within local Italian and transnational Chinese families in Prato, Italy, where small- to medium-sized firms predominate. Each of these populations has specific histories of flexibility and networking strategies moored in familistic regimes. The project seeks to understand how different varieties of familism persist or morph.
Current publications can be found here: http://works.bepress.com/elizabeth_krause/
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Tight Knit: Familistic Encounters in a Transnational Fast Fashion Zone