Ciao Ousmane: The Hidden Exploitation of Italy's Migrant Workers

Ciao Ousmane: The Hidden Exploitation of Italy's Migrant Workers

ISBN: 9781787384699

Author: Hsiao-Hung Pai

Format: Hardback

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In 2013 Ousmane Diallo a 26-year-old Senegalese olive harvester lost his life when a gas canister exploded in a Sicilian field. As an African migrant he was little mourned. But though they've been deliberately forgotten neither the events of Ousmane's life nor his tragic death are uncommon. Across Italy today African workers toil in the fields that make it one of Europe's largest exporters of fruit and vegetables. Having fled home countries devastated by colonialism and global capitalism those who survive the journey across the Mediterranean arrive on European shores only to find themselves systematically segregated and exploited. They have been subject to anti-migrant policies over decades from administrations across the political spectrum. Trapped in a chokehold of subhuman living and working conditions they are the dehumanised Other invisible by design--the people hidden behind foods and goods branded 'Made in Italy'. Ciao Ousmane is the story of this subordinated class. Through the lives and stories of Italy's migrant workers Hsiao-Hung Pai exposes the open secret of how state and society create 'necessary outcasts'. This is a bitter frank and moving tale of racial capitalism against which workers constantly find new ways to organise and fight back.

Book Title: Ciao Ousmane: The Hidden Exploitation of Italy's Migrant Workers
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Title Release: February 2021
ISBN: 9781787384699
Author: Hsiao-Hung Pai
Format: Hardback
About the Author: Hsiao-Hung Pai is a UK-based journalist and the author of Chinese Whispers: The True Story Behind Britain's Army of Labour, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize; Scattered Sand, winner of the 2013 Bread and Roses Award; Invisible; Angry White People; and Bordered Lives.

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