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Pre-Occupied SpacesRemapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies$
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Teresa Fiore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823274321

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823274321.001.0001

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Labor on the Move: Rodari’s Construction Workers and Kuruvilla’s Babysitter

Labor on the Move: Rodari’s Construction Workers and Kuruvilla’s Babysitter

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(p.131) Aperture III Labor on the Move: Rodari’s Construction Workers and Kuruvilla’s Babysitter
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Pre-Occupied Spaces
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Teresa Fiore

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823274321.003.0008

Part III (Workplaces) shifts attention to the theme of occupation in terms of working in a space and re-maps Italy along the routes of its outbound and inbound migrations. Of all the numerous job sectors related to Italian emigration abroad and foreign immigrants in Italy, two are chosen for their specific relevance in the historical and contemporary scenario: construction labor and domestic help. The Aperture introduces the topic through texts that focus on bricklayers (Gianni Rodari’s nursery rhymes from Favole al telefono) and baby-sitters (Gabriella Kuruvilla’s children’s story Questa non è una baby-sitter). The apparently light tone of these texts written for a young readership conceals a very subtle discussion of the abusive work conditions and prejudices that migrants face on construction sites and in domestic environments, and to which they react thanks to their ability to endure and question.

Keywords:   babysitting, building, construction workers, Italy, Gabriella Kuruvilla, migration, multiculturalism, preoccupation, Rodari

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