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Frames of Reference

Douglas Harper and Palrizia Faccioli

in The Italian Way

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780226317243
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226317267 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226317267.003.0002
Frames of Reference

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This chapter presents some of the features of Italian history that show the pull between national and regional identities. It considers the tensions between the national and regional, between poverty and scarcity, and between the sacred and profane. Much can be explained by the generalization that while Italy was until very recently regional, poor, and religious, it is now nationally oriented, affluent, and profane. Still, both sides of these oppositions persist, and Italy remains a culture of unresolved and very interesting contradictions.

Keywords: Italy; Italian culture; Italian food; Italian table; Bologna; family; local customs

Chapter.  15242 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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