CfP The Intersections of Economic Insecurity, Non-Standard Employment and Gender in Southern Europe

I am so happy to announce the Call for Papers of the new Research Topic published in Frontiers in Sociology. The CfP is entitled “The Intersections of Economic Insecurity, Non-Standard Employment and Gender in Southern Europe” and it is coedited with Christiana Ierodiakonou, from the University of Cyprus.

The Call for Papers aims to explore how gender and non-standard employment might explain the exposure to economic insecurity in Southern Europe. We call for contributions that apply an intersectional frame, studying gender in combination with different dimensions of inequalities (e.g. migrant backgrounds, classes, living in peripherical or fragile territories, etc). The following type of papers are welcomed: comparative or one-country cases in Southern Europe, theoretical or empirical studies, qualitative or quantitative analysis.

Please send your expression of interest to lara.maestripieri@gmail.com. Abstract submission closes February 15th, 2020.

This initiative is part of the dissemination activities made thanks to the MSCA Funded Project VINe, G.A. 747433

Professionalism in the Italian management consulting

I am so proud to announce that the last and most interesting article from my Phd project has been published in the Journal of Professions&Organization today. The article set a case of the Italian Management Consultancy and present four ideal-types of professionals, which presents different but coexisting ways of embodying professionalism in this profession.

The article reprises 55 interviews made in Italy withing different work settings in the field (corporations, small and medium companies, self-employment) showing how discourses on professions change when work settings change. It also shows that previous theorization in the field (corporate professionalism, hybridized professionalism, commercialized professionalism, and organizing professionalism) are effective heuristic tools to understand the fragmentation of this field.

Please access freely the article by clicking on the advance articles section of the journal.

About Part-Time Work in Italy and Spain

It is finally out the book “Dualisation of Part-Time Work. The development of labour market insiders and outsiders”, edited by Heidi Nicolaisen, Hanne C. Kavli and Ragnhild S. Jensen. In this book you will find a chapter written by Margarita León and me about part-time work in Italy and Spain. The book is edited by Policy Press and it is also available in digital formats.

This is the wonderful forefront!

In the chapter, we analyze the growth of “bad” part-time suffered during the year of crisis in South Europe and we apply an intersectional approach to see how distinct groups of women suffer from deteriorating conditions when employed part-time. One of the most important results is that indeed some groups of women (i.e. high-educated young women without children) are in the majority involuntarily employed part-time, up to 90% of total part-timers.

It has been a great honor to be part of this project thanks to the my MSCA project VINE and sharing the same book with scholars like Heejung Chung, Arne Kalleberg, Mara Yerkes and Birgit Pfau-Effinger. Definitely, a dream coming truth!

Professions Within, Between and Beyond. A research agenda.

Finally, the special issue I have co-edited with my colleague and friend Andrea Bellini has been published by CAMBIO, an open access journal which is indexed in ERIH-Plus and ESCI Sociology. In our introduction to the special issue, we try to sketch what we think it should a research agenda for the sociology of professional groups in the next years. Within, to investigate the increasing differentiation inside each professional groups; Between, to compare different groups and their different regulation; Beyond, to understand the new role of professions in society. The introduction is freely available for download on the DDD of UAB as well.

This issue collects 9 articles from the most recent and innovative studies held in the last years on the professional groups that investigate the three above dimensions, like education, tattoo artists, project managers and many more. All articles are freely accessible on the CAMBIO website. Here is the TOC of the monographic section:

Professions Within, Between and Beyond. Varieties of Professionalism in a Globalising World – Andrea Bellini, Lara Maestripieri

What Are the Issues of Focusing on Irreducible Uncertainties in Professional Work? A Historical Outline of “Prudential Professionalism” –Florent Champy


Street-Level Workers’ Discretion in the Changing Welfare – Tatiana Saruis


«You’ve Got to Do This like a Professional – Not like One of These Scratchers!». Reconstructing the Professional Self-Understanding of Tattoo Artists – Irmgard Steckdaub-Muller


A Royal Charter Is Not Enough – How PM Professional Associations Can Continually Show the Value of Professionalisation to the Markets – Kun Wang, Ian Stewart


Torn Between Neoliberal and Postmodern Trends, Corporatist Defence and Creative Age Prospects: The Ongoing Reshaping of the Classical Music Profession in Italy – Clementina Casula

Italian Teachers: A Profession in Transition? – Micol Bronzini, Elena Spina


Socio-Professional Integration and International Mobility: The Case of French Engineers Under the France-Quebec Mutual Recognition Arrangements – Jean-Luc Bédard, Marta Massana


Managing Knowledge Standards at the Periphery of Professional Knowledge Development: The Case of the Philippine Accountancy Profession and International Accounting Standards Harmonisation – Erwin Francisco Rafael


Professional Boundaries in Transnational IT Workspaces – Esther Ruiz Ben

About Qualitative Sampling

I am very happy to announce that I have published a chapter in the new edition of the SAGE manual “Researching Health. 3rd Edition“. The chapter is co-authored with my colleagues Arianna Radin and Elena Spina, the two expert in health research.

In the chapter, we start by analyzing the challenging of sampling in qualitative research, while giving suggestions and recommendations about the four main types of qualitative sampling: quota, purposive, self-selection and snowball sampling.