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Daniela R. P. Weiner

At the end of the Second World War, education was seen by the Allies as a powerful tool in the remaking of postwar Europe. The Allies believed that the denazification, reorientation, and reeducation of Italian and German children through schools and

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Chiara Saraceno and Susanna Terracina

Within Europe, Italy exhibits one of the highest levels of internal and regional heterogeneity. This heterogeneity has been long standing (so much so that a research tradition has developed looking at regional diversities as veritable social formations – see e.g. Bagnasco 1977) and at the same time not fixed. Trends in the conditions of social quality, therefore, must be read against this background. In the following paragraphs we will synthetically sketch them, on the basis of the exercise developed within the Social Quality Network (Saraceno and Terracina 2004). We are well aware that this exercise is experimental, and that the system of indicators on which it is based is still largely provisional. Therefore, we will not attempt to draw any conclusion. We will simply present trends within each so-called ‘conditional factor’.

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Policymaking in the Italian Courts

The Affermazione Civile Project and the Struggle over Recognition of Rights for Same-sex Couples in Italy

Lauren A. Anaya

In this article, I use the current struggle over recognition of rights for same-sex couples in Italy as a window on larger policymaking processes. Associazione Radicale Certi Diritti is leading the charge for the recognition of rights for same-sex couples in Italy with its innovative national campaign Affermazione Civile that seeks to obtain marriage equality for same-sex couples in Italy through the deployment of judicial initiatives. Through the Affermazione Civile project, Italian LGBTI rights activists successfully circumvent national politics and advance recognition of same-sex couples' rights in Italy. I argue that recent policy changes with respect to the treatment of this group are direct products of the EU's influence on the national judicial system and demonstrate a continuing trend towards increased judicial activism at the expense of national politics. This article illustrates how the EU influences the making of national public policy outside the economic realm in unanticipated and unintended ways.

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The Case of Italy

The Societal Impact of COVID-19 in a Fragmented Society

Jan Martin Rossi

The present article makes use of aspects of social quality theory and the social quality approach to assess the impact of the Italian government’s efforts to counter the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal government has a critical role in mitigating the effects of the pandemic; however, the scope and efficacy of its interventions depend on the interplay of processes in four main dimensions: (1) sociopolitical and legal; (2) socioeconomic and financial; (3) sociocultural and welfare; and (4) socioenvironmental and ecological. By analyzing relevant processes in these four dimensions, I aim to understand whether the social quality in Italy has increased or decreased due to the pandemic. The fragmentation in the labor market, in healthcare governance, as well as in societal protection have strongly constrained the government interventions, leaving intact and crystallizing existing societal inequalities.

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The Long Homecoming

Ghanaian Migrant Business and Power in Veneto, Italy

Hans Lucht

Beraku and their different trajectories in life. Joseph and PK belong to a group of migrant workers from the small Guan village of Senya Beraku in Ghana's Central Region, who came to Italy about 10 years ago in a push that saw more than 25–50 Senya people

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Nikolaos Mavropoulos

political tensions. 3 This article is about Italian colonialism; it seeks to answer the question: how can we define liberal Italy's early drive to obtain colonies? On the one hand, it can safely be claimed that almost all the literature about the former

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Nathan Stoltzfus

The most significant World War II struggle between German and Italian troops outside of Italy was the September 1943 battle for the Greek Ionian island of Cephalonia, occupied jointly after 1940 by Italian and German troops. When the post

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Railway Territorialities

Topology and Infrastructural Politics in Alpine Italy

Mateusz Laszczkowski

Valsusa, a valley in the extreme west of the Italian Alps. Sometimes, the trains are stopped by groups of local residents and their outside sympathizers occupying the tracks, waving white flags with the crossed-out image of a mega-train. Red letters on the

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“What They Had between Their Legs Was a Form of Cash”

Homosexuality, Male Prostitution, and Intergenerational Sex in 1950s Italy

Alessio Ponzio

The 1950s in Italy—dynamic years of political, economic, social, and cultural post-Fascist reconstruction–—seem to be at first glance overwhelmingly conservative from a sexual point of view. As in other countries of the Cold War West, sexual and

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Everyday Suffering and the Abstract Time-Reckoning of Law

Reflections on the Allocation of Responsibility for an Asbestos Disaster in Italy

David Loher

disaster resulting in multiple fatalities. 4 After the conviction and sentencing to sixteen years of imprisonment of the accused by the court of first instance in 2012, two years later, the Italian Supreme Court vacated the sentence due to the statute of