The ghetto and the strike: migrant farmworkers in Southern Italy

Journal title SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO
Author/s Domenico Perrotta, Devi Sacchetto
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2012/128
Language Italian Pages 15 P. 152-166 File size 276 KB
DOI 10.3280/SL2012-128010
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The article focuses upon migrant workers in Southern Italy’s agriculture. After a brief description of the general background, an analysis will be given of two key features: the state of seclusion in which the workers live, and the organization of recruitment and labour process through the caporalato (gangmaster system). Two case-studies will be compared, that of the "ghetto" of Boreano (Basilicata), which exemplifies the central role of seclusion and caporalato in the productive process of Southern Italy’s agriculture; and that of the reception centre at "Masseria Boncuri" in Nardò (Puglia), where the situation of segregation was broken, and a strike involved several hundred African farmworkers in August 2011. The analysis is based on material collected during qualitative research " in particular in-depth interviews and ethnographic observations of the homes, the labour process, and the struggles of foreign labourers - conducted in 2010, 2011, and 2012 in the two areas.

Keywords: Segregation, seclusion, African farmworkers, caporalato, gangmaster system, labour, Italy

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Domenico Perrotta, Devi Sacchetto, Il ghetto e lo sciopero: braccianti stranieri nell’Italia meridionale in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO " 128/2012, pp 152-166, DOI: 10.3280/SL2012-128010