My new research examines how families transform and cope in the context of
transnational capitalism and immigration. The Province of Prato (Italy), a historic
textile district known for its Made in Italy "brand," hosts one of
Europe's largest overseas Chinese communities. The research examines instances where
Chinese workers in the textile industry encounter state officials concerning workplace
health and safety conditions; the health and well-being of area residents; and the
practice of sending of Chinese children back to China to be cared for by relatives. This
research will investigate how family arrangements have shifted as a result of economic,
political, and social transformations, thereby illuminating the cultural logics and
values that emerge from encounters between workers and state institutions. 

Collaboration with IRIS, a Prato-based research institute, takes place at all levels:
research design, data collection, data analysis, writing, and policy-making. A training
component focuses on developing systematic approaches to qualitative data analysis, and
findings will be disseminated through academic and public outlets. Contributions will
also be made to an urban diversity management plan in the province. Research results will
deepen understandings of emerging values and increase the possibilities for well-being in
the context of globalization and immigration. 

A two-year grant from the National Science Foundation and an International Collaborative
Research Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research are funding
different aspects of this project. 

Beginning this summer Krause will conduct qualitative research on how families transform
and cope in the context of transnational capitalism and immigration. The Province of
Prato (Italy), a historic textile district known for its Made in Italy "brand,"
hosts one of Europe's largest overseas Chinese communities. 

Krause's research will examine instances where Chinese workers in the textile
industry encounter state officials concerning workplace health and safety conditions; the
health and well-being of area residents; and the practice of sending of Chinese children
back to China to be cared for by relatives. This research will investigate how family
arrangements have shifted as a result of economic, political, and social transformations,
thereby illuminating the cultural logics and values that emerge from encounters between
workers and state institutions. 

Collaboration with IRIS, a Prato-based research institute, will take place at all levels:
research design, data collection, data analysis, writing, and policy-making. A training
component focuses on developing systematic approaches to qualitative data analysis, and
findings will be disseminated through academic and public outlets. Contributions will
also be made to an urban diversity management plan in the province. Research results will
deepen understandings of emerging values and increase the possibilities for well-being in
the context of globalization and immigration. 

Professor Elizabeth L. Krause (anthropology) has been awarded a 2-year, $164,410 grant
from the National Science Foundation for her project “Chinese Immigration and Family
Encounters in Italy.” 

Beginning this summer Krause will conduct qualitative research on how families transform
and cope in the context of transnational capitalism and immigration. The Province of
Prato (Italy), a historic textile district known for its Made in Italy "brand,"
hosts one of Europe's largest overseas Chinese communities. 

Krause's research will examine instances where Chinese workers in the textile
industry encounter state officials concerning workplace health and safety conditions; the
health and well-being of area residents; and the practice of sending of Chinese children
back to China to be cared for by relatives. This research will investigate how family
arrangements have shifted as a result of economic, political, and social transformations,
thereby illuminating the cultural logics and values that emerge from encounters between
workers and state institutions. 

Collaboration with IRIS, a Prato-based research institute, will take place at all levels:
research design, data collection, data analysis, writing, and policy-making. A training
component focuses on developing systematic approaches to qualitative data analysis, and
findings will be disseminated through academic and public outlets. Contributions will
also be made to an urban diversity management plan in the province. Research results will
deepen understandings of emerging values and increase the possibilities for well-being in
the context of globalization and immigration. 

My current research Professor Elizabeth L. Krause (anthropology) was been awarded a
2-year, $164,410 grant from the National Science Foundation for her project “Chinese
Immigration and Family Encounters in Italy.” 

Articles

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Sustainability 'Wars' in a New England Town (with Anurag Sharma), Futures (2012)

A research project into large group decision-making in a New England Town Meeting surprised us...

 

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‘They Just Happened’: The Curious Case of the Unplanned Baby, Italian Low Fertility, and the ‘End’ of Rationality, Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2012)

Even in a country with super-low fertility rates, at least one-quarter of all babies are...

 

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‘They Just Happened’: The Curious Case of the Unplanned Baby, Italian Low Fertility, and the ‘End’ of Rationality, Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2012)

Even in a country with super-low fertility rates, at least one-quarter of all babies are...

 

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‘They Just Happened’: The Curious Case of the Unplanned Baby, Italian Low Fertility, and the ‘End’ of Rationality, Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2012)

Even in a country with super-low fertility rates, at least one-quarter of all babies are...

 

Books

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Unraveled: A Weaver's Tale of Life Gone Modern, University of California Press (2009)

Deftly bridging literary conventions, this compelling work exposes the cultural origins of a quiet revolution...

 

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A Crisis of Births: Population Politics and Family-Making in Italy (2005)

This book tells the story of one society's remarkable experience when Italians in the late...

 

Presentations

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Carnival, a “Sold” Woman, and Wet Economies: Challenges of making peasants the subjects of history, Carnival King of Europe: Power, ritual and the people without history; in honor of Eric R. Wolf (1923-1999). (2009)

While conducting research on fertility decline and its historical and contemporary meanings, I came across...

 

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Manifesto for Voice, Paper presented in the session Blurred Genres and the Search for Justice. Reviewed by the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. 106th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. (2007)
 

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