The Broken Fountain: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition

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Columbia University Press, Mar 23, 2012 - Social Science - 280 pages
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Belmonte describes Fontana del Re, an impoverished Neapolitan neighborhood, documenting the struggles of Neapolitans surrounded by crumbling buildings and economic insecurity. Resisting standard depictions of the social and moral lives of the poor, Belmonte presents nuanced portraits of his subjects. He was also one of the first anthropologists to reflect on his own reactions and emotions. He describes the traumatic experience of living alone in a strange urban environment and his social interactions with the residents of Fontana del Re.
 

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One of the most engrossing "participant observer" accounts I have ever read. A rich, affectionate portrait of Naples. No surprise that this book is still in print after 25+ years. Read full review

Contents

1 Paean to the City
1
2 Fieldwork in Naples
9
3 The Neapolitan Personal Style
27
4 Tragedies of Fellowship and Community
37
5 Family LifeWorlds
51
6 The Interpretation of Family Feeling
79
7 The Triumvirate of Want
103
8 Reactions to a Disordered World
123
ThePoor of Naples and the World Underclass
137
Return to Naples
145
Notes
193
Dangerous Supplement
199
Index
225
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Thomas Belmonte was a professor of anthropology at Hofstra University.

Ida Susser is professor of anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her books include Norman Street: Poverty and Politics in an Urban Neighborhood; The Castells Reader on Cities and Social Theory; and Wounded Cities: Destruction and Reconstruction in a Globalized World.


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