In Italy, over the last decades, migration flows have generated an unprecedented religious pluralism. However, the phenomenon is still neglected within migration studies. Moreover, the over-representation of Islam as empirical focus has limited the field of research compared to the complexity of religious scenario, and migrants’ religions have often become a controversial issue in terms of integration. In this direction, the paper analyses six different experiences of ethnic-Christianity in the city of Milan. It investigates the dynamics of help and assistance activated internally, a supportive network we call an informal welfare. After a discussion on religious social capital at the basis of cooperation among members, we analyse the types of resources shared within the churches: from emotional and psychological support to material help, including assistance for family needs and transnational solidarity practices. By confronting six case studies- three Catholics and three Protestants- the article highlights their role as key providers of welfare, adding new stimuli to the debate on religion and migration

Il welfare informale dei migranti : Chiese etniche e processi di inclusione sociale a Milano / M. Ambrosini, P. Bonizzoni, S.D. Molli. - In: RASSEGNA ITALIANA DI SOCIOLOGIA. - ISSN 0486-0349. - 62:1(2021), pp. 165-196. [10.1423/100625]

Il welfare informale dei migranti : Chiese etniche e processi di inclusione sociale a Milano

M. Ambrosini;P. Bonizzoni;S.D. Molli
2021

Abstract

In Italy, over the last decades, migration flows have generated an unprecedented religious pluralism. However, the phenomenon is still neglected within migration studies. Moreover, the over-representation of Islam as empirical focus has limited the field of research compared to the complexity of religious scenario, and migrants’ religions have often become a controversial issue in terms of integration. In this direction, the paper analyses six different experiences of ethnic-Christianity in the city of Milan. It investigates the dynamics of help and assistance activated internally, a supportive network we call an informal welfare. After a discussion on religious social capital at the basis of cooperation among members, we analyse the types of resources shared within the churches: from emotional and psychological support to material help, including assistance for family needs and transnational solidarity practices. By confronting six case studies- three Catholics and three Protestants- the article highlights their role as key providers of welfare, adding new stimuli to the debate on religion and migration
religion and immigration; ethnic churches; Christianity; integration; welfare
Settore SPS/07 - Sociologia Generale
Settore SPS/08 - Sociologia dei Processi Culturali e Comunicativi
Settore SPS/09 - Sociologia dei Processi economici e del Lavoro
Settore SPS/10 - Sociologia dell'Ambiente e del Territorio
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