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Unraveled: A Weaver's Tale of Life Gone Modern / Edition 1

Unraveled: A Weaver's Tale of Life Gone Modern / Edition 1

by Elizabeth Krause
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520258495
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 09/17/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
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


Part I: History Imagined

1. 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



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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

"A thought-provoking and magnificently crafted piece of work. . . . [Krause's] narrative is both descriptive and hauntingly alive."—H-Net Reviews

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