By Robert Lumley, Zygmunt G Baranski
The overdue and turbulent transition from a mostly rural and peasant society to a latest city nation concerned the predicament of rooted renowned traditions and the emergence of mass cultural types. consequently, Italy, as soon as the centre of a cultural global, has more and more discovered itself at the outer edge of an American media empire and critical questions of cultural id were raised. The Italian case is extra major as a result of the theoretical and political difficulties it has posed. in addition to facing those and similar subject matters, the publication examines present developments, resembling the swift multiplication of sub-cultures and the drawback of 'mass' types. every one bankruptcy is written via a expert within the box. even if the essays often take care of particular difficulties, additionally they spotlight either the ancient context and extra normal issues inside of their sphere of interest.
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For an appreciation of his work, see the 1986 special issue of La ricerca folklorica. See Bronzini, 1980; Casali, 1982; Cirese, 1962; Clemente, Leoni and Squillacciotti, 1976; Pianta, 1982; Santoli, 1979. See Asor Rosa, 1987; Contini, 1970; Dionisotti, 1967; PaccagneIIa, 1983; Segre, 1976; Stussi, 1972. We should like to thank Giulio Lepschy and Shirley Vinall for their comments on an earlier version of this Introduction. Part I History, Culture, Language: The Italian Experience 1 Family, Culture and Politics in Contemporary Italy PAUL GINSBORG INTRODUCTION The intention of this chapter is to analyse the relationship between two central themes in the history of the Italian popular classes since 1943.
They were based on a complex network of favours and exchanges, on a sociality which was almost exclusively confined to the neighbourhood, and on the powerful political culture of socialism (Gribaudi, 1987). Fascism went some way to undermine these social patterns and structures. Political repression was accompanied by increased social and geographical mobility, by new myths (sport, consumer goods, modernism), by new leisure activities such as the cinema, the football match, the Sunday train outings (treni poplari).
238). Both judgements seem to me to be somewhat premature. There is no reason to believe that the strong traditions of collective action in recent Italian history have died a sudden death, Nor can there be much foundation to the belief that consumer capitalism has solved the riddle of history. If Hirschman is right, consumerism has its own stock of disappointments in store for us all (Hirschman, 1982). Nonetheless, it does seem true to say that the relationship between those central elements in Italian popular consciousness which I have tried to analyse - the attachment to the family and the commitment to collective action, has reached a new phase in the 1980s.
Culture and Conflict in Postwar Italy: Essays on Mass and Popular Culture by Robert Lumley, Zygmunt G Baranski