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.

Marginal work in the REPS

Conference proceedings from the last edition 2018 of REPS (Red Espanola de Politicas Sociales) are now available online, including a contribution on marginal work in Southern Europe with A. Firinu. The chapter is entitled From dualization to continuum. Exploring dimensions of Outsiderness in Southern Europe

In this chapter, we explore involuntary non-standard work across a selection of six countries geographically located in the South of Europe (Italy, Spain, Greece, Austria, France and Croatia) but not all belonging to the so-called Southern European model. Our analysis shows the growth of involuntariness and of work at risk of abuse along in the crisis, especially in France, Spain and Italy.

Read it at pag. 1257.

New Publication on Marginal Work

I am so happy to announce that a short chapter about marginal work in Italy written with Antonio Firinu has been published in a recent book from Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli that explores the relationship between work and social vulnerability. The book is entitled “Porte Girevoli. Contributi di ricerca e buone pratiche sul lavoro marginale e le nuove vulnerabilità sociali” and it is freely accessible on the FGGF website.

The chapter (in Italian) gives a theoretical introduction to the concept of marginal work, then showing the growth of marginal work in correspondence with the crisis and concentrated among young adult (25-36).