Italian Colonialism: Legacy And Memory

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Jacqueline Andall, Duncan D.
Peter Lang Publishing, Incorporated, 2005 - History - 301 pages
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Until relatively recently, the Italian colonial experience was largely regarded as an incidental aspect of Italy's past. Studies of liberal Italy and even fascism underplayed both the significance of the state's colonial ambition and its broader cultural impact. In the post-war era, even less consideration has been given to how this colonial legacy still affects Italy and the countries it occupied and colonized. This book arises out of a major two-day international conference held at the Italian Cultural Institute in London in December 2001. The essays investigate the ways in which the Italian colonial experience continues to be relevant even after the end of empire. They explore the ways in which the memories of Italy's colonial past have been crafted to accommodate the needs of the present and the extent to which forgetting colonialism became an integral part of Italian culture and national identity. These issues have come into sharper relief of late as labour migration to Italy has led to new social and cultural encounters within Italy. The essays additionally investigate the colonial legacy from the perspective of Italy's former colonies, highlighting the enduring social, cultural and political ramifications of the colonial relationship. This interdisciplinary collection contains contributions from international experts in the fields of history, cultural studies (literature and film), politics and sociology.

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Jacqueline Andall is Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Bath. Her research interests are on migration, domestic work, gender and youth. She has recently published a monograph, Gender, Migration and Domestic Service: The Politics of Black Women in Italy (Ashgate 2000). Her current research is on the emergence of a second generation in Italy.Umut Erel completed her PhD in Cultural Studies at Nottingham Trent University. Her thesis was on 'Subjectivity and Agency in the Life Stories of Migrant Women from Turkey in Britain and in Germany'. Her research interests are on gender, ethnicity, migration and racism, citizenship and cultural theory. She is currently co-editing a book on gender and migration with Mirjana Morokvasic and Kyoko Shinozaki entitled Gender on the Move! Crossing Borders Shifting Boundaries.Raminder Kaur, is Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Manchester. She is the co-editor of Travel Worlds: Journeys in Contemporary Cultural Politics (1999) and author of A Trunk full of Tales: Performative Politics and Hinduism in Western India (forthcoming).
Cathie Lloyd is Senior Research Fellow at the International Development Centre, University of Oxford. She is working on the relationship between conflict and globalization with particular reference to North Africa, and has published on antiracism. Her most recent publications are Rethinking Antiracism (co-edited with Floya Anthias, Routledge) and a special issue of Oxford Development Studies on 'The Global and the Local: The Cultural Interfaces of Self-Determination Movements'.Sonia Parella is Assistant Lecturer in Sociology at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain). Her PhD thesis on immigrantwomen and domestic service in Spain will be published by Ed. Anthropos-Barcelona. She is also researcher at CEDIME (Centre d'Estudis sobre Migracions i Minories etniques) and has published several articles and book chapters on migration.
Annie Phizacklea is Professor of Sociology at Warwick University. Her main research interests are on migration, gender and work. Recent publications reflecting this are Transnationalism and the Politics of Belonging (with Sallie Westwood) and Gender and International Migration in Europe (with Eleonore Kofman, Pavartic Raghuram and Rosemary Sales) both Routledge.Carlota Sole is Professor of Sociology at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. She has published 23 books.

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