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Clientelism and Connections in Italy
Dorothy Louise Zinn
Translated from the Italian
278 pages, 4 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-197-0 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (March 2019)
eISBN 978-1-78920-198-7 eBook
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).