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Shifting Notions of Life and the Illusion of Choice: Neoliberalism or Neofascism in Italy?

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posted on 01.08.2021, 00:00 by Luca Delbello
I argue that contemporary Italy and Europe is in state of “interregnum,” in between two different epochs (an age of industrialization and one of digitalization), and that this “non-event” impacts the ways in which individuals perceive themselves and Otherize. I argue such a period entails a certain “disorientation,” or what Gramsci called “morbid symptoms (Gramsci 2009).” Drawing on a database of certain keywords taken from Italian newspapers over the span of 20 years (2000- 2020), I show how the notion of crisis gets played out by state actors and media corporations as a narrative to “orient” the population.

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Advisor

Decoteau, Claire Laurier

Chair

Decoteau, Claire Laurier

Department

Sociology

Degree Grantor

University of Illinois at Chicago

Degree Level

Doctoral

Degree name

PhD, Doctor of Philosophy

Committee Member

Clarno, Andy Said, Atef Wagner-Pacifici, Robin de Leon, Cedric

Submitted date

August 2021

Thesis type

application/pdf

Language

en

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