Resisting the Tide: Cultures of Opposition Under Berlusconi (2001-06)

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Focusing on Berlusconi's term as Prime Minister from 2001-06, this interdisciplinary volume provides the first assessment of how the neo-conservative values attributed to him were contested and resisted by a variety of groups: social/minority movements, intellectuals (radical and moderate) and media practitioners.

Bringing together academics in Britain, Ireland, the US and Italy, this book takes an international perspective on Italian events. It investigates how resistance to ...

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Overview

Focusing on Berlusconi's term as Prime Minister from 2001-06, this interdisciplinary volume provides the first assessment of how the neo-conservative values attributed to him were contested and resisted by a variety of groups: social/minority movements, intellectuals (radical and moderate) and media practitioners.

Bringing together academics in Britain, Ireland, the US and Italy, this book takes an international perspective on Italian events. It investigates how resistance to the new conservative culture has been articulated, and how this has been expressed and explained by those involved.

Analysis is divided into four parts; 1. The Economic and Media Landscapes' sets the scene for the rest of the book, explaining how Italian society, and particularly its media environment, have developed in recent years; 2. 'Political Challenges' discusses the main threats to the authority and policies of Berlusconi coming from within his own centre-right coalition, the left and social movements; 3. 'Texts' analyses films, internet sites, television programmes, novels, newspaper articles and theatre performances that sought to resist increasingly dominant conservative norms and/or respond to events set in motion by the Berlusconi governments; 4. 'Experiences and Personalities' considers the voices and practices of those who have opposed Berlusconi from within the cultural industries and identity movements, including journalists, LGBT activists, feminists and associations representing immigrant communities.

Wide-ranging, innovative and challenging, this volume should appeal to all those who have an interest in Italy, political, media, and cultural studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441176134
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/22/2011
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniele Albertazzi is Senior Lecturer in European Media (Department of Italian Studies, University of Birmingham). He is the editor (with Duncan McDonnell) of Twenty-first Century Populism - The Spectre of Western European Democracy. Daniele is currently editing (with Paul Cobley) The Media, An Introduction - Third Ed. and researching a monograph (with Duncan McDonnell) on Regionalist vs. Nationalist Populists in Power: Actions and Reactions.

Clodagh Brook is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Birmingham. She is currently preparing a monograph for publication on the Italian film director Marco Bellocchio (Marco Bellocchio: Individualism and Anarchy) and has written widely on contemporary Italian cinema as well as on twentieth-century literature (The Expression of the Inexpressible in Eugenio Montale's Poetry). Editor (with R. Bertoni and C. Veronese) of the twentieth-century Italian section of The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies.

Charlotte Ross is Lecturer in the Department of Italian Studies, University of Birmingham. She is co-editor, with Loredana Polezzi, of In Corpore: Bodies in Post-Unification Italy, and has published on gender, sexuality, identity and embodiment in Italian culture and cultural texts. She is currently preparing a monograph entitled Primo Levi: Containing the Human.

Nina Rothenberg teaches Sociology at the American University of Rome and is Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. She has published articles on Euroscepticism in the British Press and on the women's press in post-war Italy. Her main research interests lie in the field of media, immigration, and gender. She is currently working on a book manuscript on media and gender in post-war Italy.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures vii

Acknowledgements ix

List of Contributors xi

Glossary xv

Introduction: This Tide is not for Turning Daniele Albertazzi Nina Rothenberg 1

Part 1 The Economic and Media Landscapes

Chapter 1 Italy during the Berlusconi Years: The Economy and Society James L. Newell 19

Chapter 2 The Changing Face of the Media: A Catalogue of Anomalies Cristopher Cepernich 32

Chapter 3 Electoral Campaigning and the New Media Roberto Grandi Cristian Vaccari 46

Part 2 Political Challenges

Chapter 4 In Bed with the Enemy - Infighting among Governing Parties and the Return of the Centre Daniele Albertazzi 59

Chapter 5 Defeated and Divided? The Left in Opposition Donatella Campus 71

Chapter 6 Challenging from the Grass Roots: The Girotondi and the No Global Movement Paolo Ceri 83

Part 3 Texts

Chapter 7 Silenced Humour on RAI TV: Daniele Luttazzi, Sabina Guzzanti & Co Monica Boria 97

Chapter 8 The Cinema of Resistance: Nanni Moretti's Il caimano and the Italian Film Industry Clodagh Brook 110

Chapter 9 Staging Opposition: Il Signor Rossi e La Costituzione Stefania Taviano 124

Chapter 10 Web Challenges to Berlusconi: An Analysis of Oppositional Sites Cristian Vaccari 135

Chapter 11 Mascelloni, Masks and Mascara: Writing, Language and Power in Vincenzo Consolo Daragh O'Connell 148

Chapter 12 Adjusting the Cold Mirror: Berlusconi and Il Corriere della Sera Nina Rothenberg 161

Part 4 Experiences and Personalities

Chapter 13 'Adopt a Domestic Worker?': The Response of Immigrant Associations to the Centre-Right Wendy Pojmann 177

Chapter 14 Feminist Activism and Practice: Asserting Autonomy andResisting Precarity Manuela Galetoo Chiara Lasala Sveva Magaraggia Chiara Martucci Elisabetta Onori Charlotte Ross 190

Chapter 15 Collective Association in the LGBT Movement Charlotte Ross 204

Chapter 16 Political Cleansing and Censorship in Public Television - A Case Study of Michele Santoro and Enzo Biagi Nina Rothenberg 217

Conclusions: Splinters of Resistance 231 Clodagh Brook Charlotte Ross

Index 241

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