Situating men within global care chains: the migrant handyman phenomenon (ESRC 2008-9)
Together with Majella Kilkey (Principal Investigator) and Diane Perrons, we explored situations in which households outsource traditionally male chores, such as household and garden maintenance and repairs. Based on quantitative and qualitative research, the study obtained and analysed new information on the characteristics of employment of migrant handymen in the UK; on how the use of migrant handymen affects employing households' work, family and leisure practices; on migrant handymen's work and family biographies, and their experiences of being a migrant.
This research has been published in a number of articles and a book:
Kilkey,M., Perrons, D. and Plomien, A. with P. Hondagneu-Sotelo and H. Ramirez (2013) Gender, Migration and Domestic Work: Masculinities, Male Labour and Fathering in the UK and USA, Palgrave Macmillan: Houndmills Basingstoke.