Deftly bridging literary conventions, this compelling work exposes the cultural origins of a quiet revolution that occurred over the course of the twentieth century. Elizabeth Krause combines novelistic and ethnographic techniques to illuminate population dynamics that have raised alarm across Europe and the United States, and manifested, for example, in Italy's extremely low birthrate. But what actually motivates people to have fewer children? Krause turns to the evocative story of one woman, Emilia Raugei, who was born in a Tuscan hill town in 1920 and worked as a straw weaver in a rapidly globalizing economy, to better understand this question. Based on extensive fieldwork, including indepth conversations with Emilia herself, Krause draws on her rich and unconventional memories to create an engaging portrait of life in a rural village during Mussolini's rise to power-it is a tale of migration, love and loss, political turmoil, and the struggle to make a living during hard times. Giving voice to a largely silent history that is at once local and global, Unraveled: A Weaver's Tale of Life Gone Modern will challenge us to find innovative approaches to understanding the transformative shift to a modern way of life.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Elizabeth L. Krause is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of A Crisis of Births: Population Politics and Family-Making in Italy.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations Cast of Characters Acknowledgments
Introduction Part I: History Imagined1. Postcards 2. Abandoned 3. Telling Time 4. Fascist Folk 5. Giotto's Circle 6. Blood Relations 7. Chains 8. Rations 9. War Country 10. Resistance 11. American Chocolates 12. Only One Part II: Memory Encountered 13. Neighbors 14. A Weaver's Tale 15. Progress 16. Singles' Sexuality 17. Amazing Grace 18. A Burning Question 19. Generation Gap 20. “Wet” and Hidden Economies Epilogue Notes References
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"Has the power and persuasiveness of a beautifully narrated story, one that can make you laugh and cry like life itself."European History Quarterly
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