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Facing the Crisis
Ethnographies of Work in Italian Industrial Capitalism
Edited by Fulvia D’Aloisio and Simone Ghezzi
Afterword by Don Kalb
222 pages, 19 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-780-4 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (September 2020)
eISBN 978-1-78920-781-1 eBook
“This is an interesting and timely volume, which describes through well-crafted historical and ethnographic analyses, the current state of the Italian industrial district model in the light of the recent financial crisis and the subsequent economic austerity.” • Massimiliano Mollona, Goldsmiths, University of London
Among the founding nations of the European Union, no nation has experienced a more devastating affect from the 2008 economic crisis than Italy. Although its recovery has recently begun, Italy has fallen even further behind EU economic leaders and the EU average. Looking at how and why this happened, Facing the Crisis brings together ethnographic material from anthropological research projects carried out in various Italian industrial locations. With its wide breadth of locations and industries, the volume looks at all corners of the diverse Italian manufacturing system.
Fulvia D’Aloisio is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’. Her most important publications include Donne in tuta amaranto. Trasformazioni del lavoro e mutamento culturale alla FIAT-SATA di Melfi (Guerini & Associati, 2003) and Vita di fabbrica. Cristina racconta il decollo e la crisi della FIAT-SATA di Melfi (Franco Angeli, 2014).
Simone Ghezzi is Associate Professor of Economic Anthropology at the University of Milano-Bicocca. He is the author of Etnografia storica dell’imprenditorialità in Brianza (Franco Angeli, 2007), and recently co-authored with Fulvia D’Aloisio Antropologia della crisi. Prospettive etnografiche sulle trasformazioni del lavoro e dell’impresa in Italia (L'Harmattan Italia, 2016).
Subject: Anthropology (General) Political and Economic Anthropology Sociology
Area: Southern Europe
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Introduction: The Crisis in Italy: Anthropological Insights on Changes of Work, Enterprise and Life Horizons
Fulvia D’Aloisio and Simone Ghezzi
Chapter 1. Breaking the Chain, Mending the Chain: A Decade of Socioeconomic Transformation in the Jewelry District of Valenza, Italy
Michele Filippo Fontefrancesco
Chapter 2. Crisis of Production and Crisis of Reproduction: The Disappearance of Woodcarvers in the Furniture-Making District of the Brianza, Lombardy
Chapter 3. Kin and Economic Crisis in an Italian Shoe District
Chapter 4. Facing Two Crises. The Disembedding of Society and the Economy in the Furniture-Caravan District, Valdelsa, Tuscany
Chapter 5. The Global Enterprise from a Peripheral Perspective: The Crisis and Its Meanings in the Case of FCA-SATA in Melfi, Basilicata
Chapter 6. Freight Fluxes, Flexibility, and Everyday Tactics: Working in Road-Freight Transport in Italy
Chapter 7. The Structural Crisis of Italian Economy and Industry: The Perverse Role of Precarity
Afterword: From the Third Italy to Universal Alienation: Uneven and Combined
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