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

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posted on 2021-08-01, 00:00 authored 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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