Italy Report 2001

The 2001 Italy Report, now in its 13th edition, has been structured around six dichotomies, illustrated by six essays accompanied by sixty phenomenological files. Through “the dialectic of opposites”, the volume analyses the evolution and changes in society and highlights the most representative themes of current events.

With more than 1,000 pages, the Report is a useful tool for understanding a changing Italy.

The dichotomies identified and contained in the Report are:



GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS Italian Oblomovists by Gian Maria Fara, President of Eurispes   CHAPTER I – CENTRE/PERIPHERY The centre of the periphery

  1. Decentralisation and local autonomies
  2. The ‘State of the Art’ of Fiscal Federalism
  3. The networked ministries
  4. Depressed and marginal areas
  5. Escape from the city? Population mobility and urban development
  6. Transport and commuting
  7. The Jubilee, time for evaluation
  8. Distance learning
  9. Poverty and social exclusion
  10. Development cooperation

  CHAPTER II – OLD/NEW The economy between change and resistance

  1. School I: the profile of the reform
  2. School II: the numbers of the reform
  3. The division of labour today
  4. Job hunting
  5. Mobbing: why?
  6. Migratory flows and the labour market
  7. The transformation of Volunteering
  8. Intergenerational solidarity: environment and social security
  9. “I don’t get involved”. The new parent-child relational styles
  10. Integration between hospital and territory
  11. Rediscovering basic medicine

  CHAPTER III – NATURAL/ARTIFICIAL A natural artificial life

  1. Biotechnology: the miracles of science
  2. Biodiversity: definition and regulatory framework
  3. Agriculture and biodiversity
  4. Work “in nature”
  5. Unnatural” disasters and environmental emergencies
  6. The other side of hunting: the responsible hunter
  7. The new Olympus of energy
  8. Electrosmog: mobile phones and surroundings
  9. Diets
  10. Neither man nor woman, a nuance of nature

  CHAPTER IV – SUPERFLUOUS/NECESSARY The unbearable necessity of the superfluous

  1. From organised crime to “A Clockwork Orange”
  2. Precarious and integrated
  3. E-commerce in Italy: the economy of the “point”.
  4. Gambling on the stock exchange
  5. Italians, gaming and gambling
  6. “Let’s travel who can”
  7. The “supermarket” of death
  8. The paths of art
  9. The “new” television
  10. Undeclared work

  CHAPTER V – NOISE/SILENCE Silences offstage

  1. Prison planet: a “social dumping ground”?
  2. Judicial errors
  3. Omertà and repentants
  4. Missing persons
  5. The last choice: reflections on the phenomenon of suicide
  6. Minorities and mass media
  7. Associations making themselves heard
  8. A National Observatory on child maltreatment:
  9. The Blue Telephone
  10. The body is mine… but I don’t manage it!
  11. The 1997 earthquake: from the post earthquake reconstruction

to the administrative reconstruction   CHAPTER VI – WAR/PEACE A difficult and tiring peace

  1. Defence costs
  2. Eurodefence
  3. Armed Forces between ancient and modern
  4. Human resources of the Armed Forces
  5. From war to peace: the work of the peacekeepers
  6. Civilians and military: working together for peace
  7. The image of the Italian Armed Forces among information operators
  8. Reorganisation of the Carabinieri Corps
  9. All the numbers of the Guardia di Finanza
  10. From public order to security


File Indice

Summary Document

Centre/Periphery • Old/new • Natural/Artificial • Superfluous/Necessary • Noise/Silence • War/Peace

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