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Gabriella Cioce

BA in History, Tradition and Innovation (University of Siena, Italy); MA in Anthropology and Languages of Images (University of Siena, Italy).

Room: C30A (South Building)
Tel: +44 (0) 115 84

Current Status: Registered
Year of Registration: 2016
Expected Completion Date: /09/2019

Primary Funding Source:
Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence (European Union); NUBS Scholarship

Research Topic:
Organising and self-organising among low-paid migrant workers the case of logistics porters'struggle for workplace rights in Turin

Research Details:
Through an ethnographic case-study of migrant workers' collective action at the workplace in Italy, this PhD investigates migrant workers' layers of oppression and resistance and their relationship with a grassroots union.
Although Industrial Relations (IR) has a long interest in collective action at the workplace, IR's focus seems to be primarily concerned with the study of unions rather than migrant workers. On the other hand, this PhD aims at showing that the emergence of what Anglo-American sociologists describe as Social Movement Unionism, where activists' voices and ideas are central to shape unions' structure and agenda, may be interpreted as an opportunity to extend and revitalise research on IR scholarship by means of Social Movement's theories. Consequently, this PhD relies on Social Movement's theoretical lenses and engages with New Social Movement's (NSM) supporters and opponents, moving beyond NSM's analytical barriers and developing a more nuanced, sensitive, and less ethnocentric perspective on collective action.
Also, this PhD suggests looking at Migration Studies to study how migration and integration may appear in practice, observing male migrant workers as highly marginalised and exploited subjects, often discouraged to struggle for better conditions at the workplace and whose social positions appear vulnerable both in their workplace and society.
Drawing on this interdisciplinary conversation, this PhD examines migrant workers' collective action through an anti-exclusionary and intersectional approach, encompassing issues of culture, identity, and class, and presenting a glimpse of the contentious interplay between hegemonic and subalterns groups.

Research Supervisor/s: Marek Korczynski and Davide Pero

Division: Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management

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