From the European South

a transdisciplinary journal of postcolonial humanities

L’accoglienza in famiglia tra solidarietà e antirazzismo



Home Reception Between Solidarity and Anti-racism. The paper discusses family-based reception, that is, domestic reception and co-housing between white Italians and refugees. The article stems from Ph.D. research conducted through in-depth interviews and participant observation between 2016 and 2020. The research took place in Northern Italy (Parma, Verona, Padua, Venice), within two non-profit organizations: Refugees Welcome and Ciac Onlus Parma. Starting from a reflection on the narrative of the so-called refugee crisis (2015), home-based reception of people from the global South is investigated through the categories of solidarity and anti-racism, configuring itself as a response to racist and segregating migration and asylum policies. In particular, the dimension of the color line becomes central to understand why, in the years between 2016 and 2019, family-based reception took on the traits of a practice of countering anti-black racism.


Anti-racism, ‘Refugee Crisis’, hospitality, solidarity, home reception



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