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About Irene Peano

Irene Peano is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, and an active member of the militant network 'Campagne in Lotta', which supports the struggles of migrant farm labourers in different parts of Italy. She has conducted research on different forms of migrant labour exploitation since 2005, when she begun her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge on the trafficking of Nigerian women, which she completed in 2011. She is currently working on different aspects of the nexus between sex and farm labour, for which she conducts field research both in Italy and in Romania, and on the spatial dimensions of forms of containment and racialisation in contemporary Italy as well as on their genealogies.

Articles by Irene Peano

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Containment, resistance, flight: Migrant labour in the agro-industrial district of Foggia, Italy

A ‘special economic zone’ exists in southeastern Italy where the rules and standards of work do not apply. 

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