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'Reflections on Italy’s contemporary approaches to cultural diversity: the exclusion of the ‘Other’ from a supposed notion of ‘Italianness’

Armillei, Riccardo 2016, 'Reflections on Italy’s contemporary approaches to cultural diversity: the exclusion of the ‘Other’ from a supposed notion of ‘Italianness’, Australian and New Zealand journal of European studies, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 34-48.

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Title 'Reflections on Italy’s contemporary approaches to cultural diversity: the exclusion of the ‘Other’ from a supposed notion of ‘Italianness’
Author(s) Armillei, Riccardo
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of European studies
Volume number 8
Issue number 2
Start page 34
End page 48
Total pages 15
Publisher Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2016-12-31
ISSN 1837-2147
1836-1803
Keyword(s) Italy
Italiannness
cultural diversity
ethnonationalism
Summary For many years Italy has been described as a country of emigration. Only since the 1970s Italy has moved from being a net exporter of migrants to a net importer. Despite growing cultural and religious diversity, the implications of the pluralisation of the Italian society on national identity have been largely ignored. Italy has been recently described as a country without an established model of integration or pluralism. The so called ‘Italian way’ towards cultural diversity remained predominantly theoretical in character and not supported officially, in the sense of being incorporated into the nation’s history (as it is in Canada or Australia). The rise of ‘ethnonationalism’ and legacies of past colonialism contributed to create an institutional notion of supposed ‘Italianness’, which is based on the exclusion of the ‘Other’. During the Liberal and Fascist periods, colonialism was used to create and re-produce a strong sense of nationhood, re-composing the many internal divisions by racialising ‘otherness’ outside rather than inside the nation’s borders. Thisstudy suggests that, due to historical amnesia and a weak national identity, a similar logic is now informing the implementation of anti-immigration policies in Italy.
Language eng
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
1606 Political Science
2003 Language Studies
2103 Historical Studies
Socio Economic Objective 940111 Ethnicity
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091516

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