Italy Report 2003

The 2003 Italy Report, now in its 15th edition, has been based on 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 1,200 pages, the Report is a useful tool for understanding a changing Italy.

The dichotomies identified and contained in the Report are:



GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS Prisoners of the Manichees by Gian Maria Fara, President of Eurispes   POVERTY/WEALTH The utopia of poverty and the mirage of wealth Table 1. Inflation in the food basket and consumers’ perception of high living costs Table 2. Income and wealth distribution: the 3 Italies Table 3. More and more poor people: from marginality to hardship Table 4. Italian households’ consumption Table 5. Luxury goods, why not? Table 6. A company is born: demography of the business system in Italy Table 7. The role of social capital in industrial districts Table 8. Ageing, impoverishment and the welfare system Table 9. Intellectual unemployment in Italy: more training, less work? Table 10. Consumer confidence (survey)   LEGALITY/ILLEGALITY The irresistible temptation of duplicity Table 11. Dealing with the unobserved economy Table 12. Italians, a people of poets, saints, navigators and… counterfeiters! Table 13. Oh what a great job, being a fraudster Table 14. Food fraud: deception on the table Table 15. Waste and environmental offences Table 16. Urban violence, insecurity and prevention Table 17. The soliti ignoti: crimes in search of an author Table 18. Adolescent discomfort and juvenile crime Table 19. Family and relationship homicides Table 20. The meaning and value of legality (survey)   SOUL/BODY The architecture of dedalus: the soul in the labyrinth of the body Table 21. Prostitution:  the “Italian case” and ” the European case Table 22. Drugs: the sirens’ song Table 23. At the bottom of the glass: alcoholism in Italy Table 24. The drugs and antidepressants market Table 25. At war with the mirror: anorexia and bulimia Table 26. The vanity fair: everyone rushing to see the plastic surgeon Table 27. Piercings and tattoos: the violent manipulation of the body and the rejection of the adolescent body Table 28. Saints and cults, pilgrimages and sanctuaries in the web age Table 29. The clergy and vocations Table 30. Paradise can wait. Italians and euthanasia (survey)   CITIZENSHIP/SUBJECTION Citizens and subjects (from the spoils system to devolution) Table 31. Federalism: a three-speed Italy Table 32. Securitisation of public property: a bargain for whom? Table 33. Life as a taxpayer (or rather: how the taxman accompanies us from cradle to grave) Table 34. The injustices and inefficiencies of the banking system Table 35. On the side of the insurers or… the insured? Table 36. Telephony for a new citizenship Table 37. Is the law the same for everyone? Table 38. Privacy and security: the question of telephone tapping Table 39. Mobbing hurts Table 40. Citizens’ trust in institutions (survey)   IMPROVISATION/PREPAREDNESS Prepare to improvise Table 41. The brain drain and the weakness of the Italian research system Table 42. Early school leaving Table 43. Infrastructure and competitiveness of the Country System Table 44. EU funds: a false start Table 45. Italy’s delay in computerisation Table 46. Natural disasters: prevention and improvisation Table 47. Malpractice healthcare. Is it an alarm? Table 48. Danger on the roads Table 49. The case of the Province of Rome: an experimental project towards federated local authorities Table 50. Survey Confidence in the ruling class   IDENTITIES/DIFFERENCES Differences without identity Table 51. Homosexuality in contemporary society: pride and claims Table 52. He who does not work is not an immigrant Table 53. Immigrants and religions Table 54. Less work… more work Table 55. Women, work and society Table 56. The state of the art: territorial differences in the enjoyment of culture Table 57. Majority and opposition: defining the rules of the game for a correct parliamentary dialectic Table 58. Which family do you belong to? The multiform family in Italy Table 59. The myths of young people today: reassuring and winning Table 60. Stereotypes against: what do southerners think of northerners and vice versa (survey)

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Summary Document

Poverty/Wealth • Legality/Illegality • Soul/Body – Citizenship/Subjugation • Improvisation/Preparation • Identity/Differences

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