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Facing the Crisis: Ethnographies of Work in Italian Industrial Capitalism

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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)

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“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
Simone Ghezzi

Chapter 3. Kin and Economic Crisis in an Italian Shoe District
Michael Blim

Chapter 4. Facing Two Crises. The Disembedding of Society and the Economy in the Furniture-Caravan District, Valdelsa, Tuscany
Francesco Zanotelli

Chapter 5. The Global Enterprise from a Peripheral Perspective: The Crisis and Its Meanings in the Case of FCA-SATA in Melfi, Basilicata
Fulvia D’Aloisio

Chapter 6. Freight Fluxes, Flexibility, and Everyday Tactics: Working in Road-Freight Transport in Italy
Francesco Bogani

Chapter 7. The Structural Crisis of Italian Economy and Industry: The Perverse Role of Precarity
Andrea Fumagalli

Afterword: From the Third Italy to Universal Alienation: Uneven and Combined
Don Kalb


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