Italy Today: Facing the Challenges of the New Millennium

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Peter Lang, 2008 - History - 461 pages
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Italy Today is a concise narrative of the nation's stunning transformation from the ashes of World War II to the leading economic and cultural power it is today. This book provides insights into the dynamics of Italy's progression from the Second World War, through the anthropologically revolutionary 1970s and '80s, and into the complexities of a postindustrial nation, negotiating the challenges created by industrial, economic, and cultural globalization. Encompassing the cultural, political, and economic spectrums, topics include: communism; socialism; foreign relations; terrorism; industrial and social transformations; education; emigration and immigration; family tradition; feminism; the transformation of class and gender roles; political favoritism and corruption; popular culture; culture and civil society; the broader problems of the development of civil society and the rule of law in southern Italy; and the role of politics in shaping contemporary Italy. The book devotes particular attention to the controversial issues of the role of the family in Italian society and economy, the insidious presence of the Mafia, the lasting influence of Catholicism, the impact of television, and the country's often unstable politics, framing all these as the result of a complex and unique relationship between the individual and the state, with the family acting as intermediary. Four major sections analyze politics, the economy, society, and mass culture, and comprise a portrait of contemporary Italy that will appeal to a broad range of scholars, students, and general readers.
 

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Contents

ITALIANS
13
POLITICAL AND SOCIAL FOUNDATIONS
31
DECISIVE TURNING POINTS AND CONSTITUTIONAL
61
DANGERS TO THE STATE
85
U S ITALIAN RELATIONS
107
Economic and Social Transformation
123
An Economy with Strong Dualities
129
INDUSTRIAL CHANGE AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION
157
DEMOCRATIZING THE EDUCATION SYSTEM
235
SECULARIZATION OF STATE AND SOCIETY THE CATHOLIC
263
FAMILY TRADITION AND CHANGE
293
WOMEN AND GENDER RELATIONS
319
Communications and Cultural Changes
343
COMMUNICATIONS REVOLUTION AND CULTURAL
373
A MORE OPEN SOCIETY
403
CONCLUSION A COUNTRY IN SEARCH OF EQUILIBRIUM
427

THE TWO ITALIES AND THE SOUTHERN QUESTION
181
EMIGRATION MIGRATION IMMIGRATION AND SOCIAL
207
The Plight of the Immigrants
220
Legalizing Immigrants While Facing Terrorist Threats
226

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The Author: Mario B. Mignone is State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and Founder and Director of the Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University. He is published widely in journals and is editor of Forum Italicum. Dr. Mignone is the author of Il teatro di Eduardo De Filippo: critica sociale, Anormalit e angoscia nella narrativa di Dino Buzzati, Eduardo De Filippo, and Italy Today: At the Crossroads of the New Millennium, and the editor of Pirandello in America, Columbus Meeting of Cultures, and co-editor of Homage to Moravia.

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