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Raccomandazione: Clientelism and Connections in Italy

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Volume 7

European Anthropology in Translation



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Raccomandazione

Clientelism and Connections in Italy

Dorothy Louise Zinn
Translated from the Italian

298 pages, 4 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-197-0 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Not Yet Published (March 2019)

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Description

The issue of patronage-clientelism has long been of interest in the social sciences. Based on long-term ethnographic research in southern Italy, this book examines the concept and practice of raccomandazione: the omnipresent social institution of using connections to get things done. Viewing the practice both from an indigenous perspective – as a morally ambivalent social fact – and considering it in light of the power relations that position southern Italy within the nesting relations of global Norths and Souths, it builds on and extends past scholarship to consider the nature of patronage in a contemporary society and its relationship to corruption.

Dorothy Louise Zinn is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. Her recent works include Migrants as Metaphor (2018) and The Public Value of Anthropology (edited with E. Tauber, 2015). She has also published annotated translations of two monographs by Italian ethnologist Ernesto de Martino, The Land of Remorse (2005) and Magic: A Theory from the South (2015).

Subject: General Anthropology General Cultural Studies
Area: Southern Europe



Contents

Preface to the English Edition
Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Art of Raccomandazione

Chapter 1. The Ethnographic Setting
Chapter 2. Patronage/Clientelism:  Some Theoretical Considerations
Chapter 3. Towards a Poetics of Patronage
Chapter 4. Raccomandazione, Tangente and Mafia:  An “Amoral” Family of Genres
Chapter 5. Raccomandazione, Class Relations and the Southern Question
Chapter 6. Employing the ‘Little Shove’: Raccomandazione and Work
Chapter 7. “We’re not Uganda, but almost”:  Raccomandazione and Southern Identity

Conclusion: Raccomandazione and the Bourgeois-Liberal World Order

Epilogue: What Happened When They Read What I Wrote: Mediterranean Clientelism and Corruption Revisited

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