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Elisabetta Zontini

Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences



I have a Laurea degree in Political Sciences from the University of Bologna and an MA in Contemporary European Studies from Sussex University, where I went on to do my DPhil. My doctoral thesis is currently being transformed into a book which will be published as 'Transnational Families, Gender and Local Contexts. The Experiences of Moroccan and Filipino Women in Bologna and Barcelona' by Berghahn. Before joining the University of Nottingham in 2007 I was Research Fellow for the Families and Social Capital ESRC Research Group at London South Bank University where I conducted research on Italian transnational families. In 2006 I was also visiting Research Fellow at the International Gender Studies Centre at Oxford University.

Expertise Summary

I have developed a transcultural and transnational perspective on families:

  • by working in three European contexts (UK, Italy and Spain);
  • with a multiplicity of cultural family constructions/relations and migrant groups (Filipinos, Italians, and Moroccans);
  • documenting different forms of domestic relations which cut across the nuclear family, class, ethnicity, religion, nations, etc.

My research falls in two broad areas:

  • transnational and ethnic minority families in Britain and Southern Europe, with special reference to issues of gender and generation; geographies of care; rituals; identities and values; ageing.
  • the transformation of European families and their increased reliance on foreign domestic workers and carers (international transfer of care giving; exploitation)

I will be happy to supervise students on any topics related to the above.

Recent Publications

  • REYNOLDS, T and ZONTINI, E., 2016. Transnational and diasporic youth identities: exploring conceptual themes and future research agendas. Identities. 23(4), 379-391
  • TRACEY REYNOLDS and ELISABETTA ZONTINI, 2014. Bringing transnational families from the margins to the centre of family studies in Britain Families, Relationships and Societies. 3(2), 251-68
  • REYNOLDS T AND ZONTINI E, 2013. Transnational Families: Migrant Youths ‘Doing’ Families across Proximities and Distances. In: T. SANGER AND Y. TAYLOR, ed., Mapping Intimacies: Relations, Exchanges, Affects, Palgrave McMillan.
  • REYNOLDS T AND ZONTINI E, 2013. ‘Care flows in Transnational Families: Cultural and Social Capitals, Identity and Belonging’. In: L. BALDASSAR AND L. MERLA, ed., Transnational Families, Migration and Kin-work: From Care Chains to Care Circulation Routledge.
  • MADZIVA, R. and ZONTINI, E., 2012. Transnational mothering and forced migration: understanding the experiences of Zimbabwean mothers in the UK. European Journal of Women's Studies. 19(4), 428-443
  • ZONTINI E, 2012. Care arrangements of elderly transnational migrants: between family, community and the state’. In: S WELLER AND C. ROGERS, ed., Critical Approaches to Care: Understanding Caring Relations, Identities and Cultures Routledge.
  • GOULBOURNE, H., REYNOLDS, T., SOLOMOS, J. and ZONTINI, E., 2010. Transnational families: ethnicities, identities and social capital Routledge.
  • ZONTINI, E., 2009. Transnational families, migration and gender: Moroccan and Filipino women in Bologna and Barcelona Berghahn Books.
  • ZONTINI E, 2008. 'Resisting "Fortress Europe": the everyday politics of female transnational migrants in Italy and Spain' Focaal-European Journal of Anthropology. 51, 12-27
  • ZONTINI, E., 2007. Continuity and change in transnational Italian families: the caring practices of second-generation women Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 33(7), 1103-1119
  • ZONTINI, E. AND REYNOLDS, T., 2007. Ethnicity, families and social capital: caring relationships across Italian and Caribbean transnational families International Review of Sociology. (In Press.)
  • EVERGETI, V. and ZONTINI, E., 2006. Introduction: some critical reflections on social capital, migration and transnational families Ethnic and Racial Studies. 29(6), 1025-1039
  • ZONTINI, E., 2006. Italian families and social capital: care provision in a transnational world Community, Work & Family. 9(3), 325-345
  • REYNOLDS, T. AND ZONTINI, E., 2006. Ethnicity and social capital: care and reciprocity across minority ethnic communiites in the UK (1-874418-55-1)
  • REYNOLDS, T. AND ZONTINI, E., 2006. Families, Social Capital and Ethnic Identities of Caribbeans, South Asians and South Europeans London South Bank University. (1 874418-60-8)
  • REYNOLDS, T. AND ZONTINI, E., 2006. Assessing social capital and care provision in minority ethnic communities: a comparative study of Caribbean and Italian transnational families. In: EDWARDS, R and FRANKLIN, J. AND HOLLAND, J., eds., Assessing Social Capital: Concept, Policy and Practice Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press. 217-233
  • ZONTINI, E., 2006. II lavoro delle collaboratrici domestiche immigrate e le politiche locali bolognesi: la storia di una donna filippina. In: GRILLO, R AND PRATT, J., ed., Le Politiche del Riconoscimento delle differenze: Multiculturalismo all'Italiana (Italian translation of Multiculuralism Italian Style) Rimini: Guaraldi. 219-239
  • ZONTINI, E, 2005. American Arrivals. Anthropology Engages the New Immigration
  • ZONTINI, E., 2005. Immigracion, genero y politica de la identidad: una perspectiva sureuropea. In: NASH, M and TELLO, R. AND BENACH, N., eds., Immigracion, Genero y Espacios Urbanos: Los Retos de la Diversidad Barcelona: Edicions bellaterra. 99-122
  • ZONTINI, E., 2004. Immigrant women in Barcelona: coping with the consequences of transnational lives Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 30(6), 1113-1144
  • ZONTINI, E., 2004. Deploying social capital in social research: reflections on ethnicity abd other resources London South Bank University. (1-8744418-46-2)
  • ZONTINI, E., 2004. Labour Immigration in Southern Europe. African Employment in Iberian Labour Markets
  • ZONTINI, E., 2004. Italian Families and Social Capital: Rituals and the Provision of Care in Britsh-Italian Transnational Families (1-874418-42-X)
  • ZPNTINI, E., 2002. Gender, Migration and Domestic Service. The Politics of black women in Italy
  • ZONTINI, E., 2002. Female domestic labour migrants in Bologna: the story of a Filipino woman. In: GRILLO, R. & PRATT, J., ed., The Politics of Recognising Difference: Multiculturalism Italian Style Aldershot: Ashgate. 159-176
  • ZONTINI, E., 2002. Towards a comparative study of female migrants in Southern Europe: Filipino and Moroccan women in Bologna and Barcelona Studi Emigrazione: Migration in Southern Europe: New Trends and New Patterns. Special issue. 39(145), 107-134
  • ZONTINI, E., 2001. Fanily formation in gendered migrations in Southern Europe: Moroccan and Filipino women in Bologna. In: KING, R., ed., The Mediterranean Passage: Migration and New Cultural Encounters in Southern Europe Liverpool: LUP. 231-257
  • ZONTINI, E., 2001. Immigrazione femminile e domanda abitativa. Donne filippine nella citta di Bologna. In: BERNARDOTTI, A., ed., Con la valigia accanto al letto: Immigrati e casa a Bologna Milan: Franco Angeli. 133-174
  • KING, R. AND ZONTINI, E., 2000. The role of gender in the Southern European immigration model Revista de Sociologia: Female Immigration in Southern Europe, Special issue papers. 60, 35-52

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