Italy Report 1989

In the 1989 Italy Report, six social categories were defined, to be used as tools of work and orientation, which, for different reasons, proved to be representative of the current situation in Italy. However, in no way does the use of the word representative mean that these categories are the only ones possible. In the challenge of representing the complexity of society, the work of the Italy Report has been carried out by analysing extreme examples of the processes, in the belief that the social logics settle down at the edges and show more clearly their strength or weakness.

The dialectic of opposite parts has this undeniable advantage: by abandoning the statistical dream of the average, it shows the polarities and interconnections between the extreme terms. Each pole (wealth, growth, centrality, protection, institutions, ethics) has been countered by its opposite (poverty, ageing, marginality, dissipation, subjectivity, vulgarity). By this method, the aim is to try to understand how the different and contrasting aspects of our social reality are coherently or contradictorily intertwined. The basic reasoning is simple: whenever an element is placed at the centre, one has to ask what is rejected at the periphery.

The various essays provide an internal reading approach, tracing a path of reflection and consideration. The structure of the Report is enriched by the various files that can be traced back to the basic essays, of which they constitute the phenomenological extension.

The thematic dichotomies identified for the 1989 Italy Report are:

 

WEALTH/POVERTY GROWTH/AGEING CENTRALITY/MARGINALITY INSTITUTIONS/SUBJECTIVITY PROTECTION/DISSIPATION ETHICS/VULGARITY

Index

GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS

by Gian Maria Fara, President of Eurispes

 

CHAPTER 1 – WEALTH AND POVERTY

  1. Voluptuous consumption
  2. Beggars
  3. Handicap
  4. Living in Italy

5: Accidents at work

Consumption

  1. Wealth
  2. Insurance
  3. Home

10 Industries at risk

 

CHAPTER 2 – GROWTH AND AGEING

  1. Television
  2. School image
  3. Children
  4. Illiteracy
  5. Juvenile crime
  6. Young people and violence
  7. Elderly people
  8. Fourth age
  9. University of the third age
  10. Citizens and institutions

 

CHAPTER 3 – CENTRALITY AND MARGINALITY

  1. Institutional reforms
  2. Youth unemployment
  3. School drop-outs
  4. Social-welfare services
  5. Image health
  6. Green industry
  7. Vocational training
  8. Power in Italy
  9. Adoptions
  10. Homosexuality

 

CHAPTER 4 – INSTITUTIONS AND SUBJECTIVITY

  1. Volunteering
  2. The other trade union
  3. Patients’ rights
  4. Green archipelago
  5. Environmentalists and Institutions
  6. Divorce
  7. Abortion
  8. Women and work
  9. Female image
  10. Law 180

 

CHAPTER 5 – PROTECTION AND DISSIPATION

  1. Drugs
  2. Advertising
  3. Press and representation
  4. Pollution
  5. Ecology
  6. Escape from the city
  7. Hunting
  8. Pesticides
  9. Foreigners
  10. Aids

 

CHAPTER 6 – ETHICS AND VULGARITY

  1. Suicide
  2. Drug addiction
  3. Alcoholism
  4. Moral rules
  5. Pornography
  6. Religiousness
  7. Occult
  8. Single people
  9. Euthanasia
  10. Prostitution

 


Introduzione

Wealth/Poverty • Growth/Aging • Centrality/Marginality • Institutions/Subjectivity • Protection/Dissipation • Ethics/Vulgarity

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