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See detailThe Integration of Diversity in the Time of the Refugee Crisis. Studies from European Urban Settings.
Mazzola, Alessandro ULiege

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See detailBelgium
Mazzola, Alessandro ULiege

in Wilson, Thomas (Ed.) Europe: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society (in press)

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See detailCultural, ethnic and political dimensions of the transformation of Mediterraneaness in Neapolitan contemporary music.
Mazzola, Alessandro ULiege

in Ethnic and Racial Studies (in press)

In the Italian public debate, the Mediterranean has represented a discursive formation employed to describe the South as the Other of the North. It has been associated with ‘soft’ representations of ... [more ▼]

In the Italian public debate, the Mediterranean has represented a discursive formation employed to describe the South as the Other of the North. It has been associated with ‘soft’ representations of cultural order and ‘hard’ discourses of civicness that identify the South along a specific set of sociocultural elements, moral norms and forms of civic organization. The Italian city of Naples holds much empirical evidence as an originator of such Mediterranean discursive formation. Since the early 1990s, singer-songwriters and musicians have attempted to transform this discursive formation and to popularize a positive idea of Mediterraneaness on a cultural, ethnic and political dimension. The aim of this article is to explore this process through musical and ethnographic sources. Neapolitan artists Eugenio Bennato, Almamegretta and 99 Posse provide the case studies. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Paradoxes of Music Diplomacy in a Federal Country: The Case of Flanders in Belgium
Mazzola, Alessandro ULiege

in Dunkel, Mario; Nitzsche, Sina (Eds.) Music and Public Diplomacy (in press)

Belgium's public diplomacy cannot be understood without the frame of the political divide characterizing federalism in the country. Unlike others federal states whose self-governing components adopt ... [more ▼]

Belgium's public diplomacy cannot be understood without the frame of the political divide characterizing federalism in the country. Unlike others federal states whose self-governing components adopt policies that converge at the international level, Flanders and Wallonia – the Dutch- and French-speaking communities of Belgium – seem not to act coordinately on this matter. Culture is the principal field where the two communities adopt very different approaches and end up competing for resources and international visibility. Flanders, in particular, support self-representation strategies that produce and circulate images of a singular and homogeneous “Flemish nation”. The action of its cultural institutions seems to focus on an autonomous nation building project rather than situating the community in the larger national – Belgian – dimension. Language is the cultural trait lying at the basis of this conflict known as “community cleavage” that affects both the public and the political sphere. As a verbal art, popular music is one of the most simbolically relevant practices that participate to cultural diplomacy in this context. Starting from ethnographic analysis of Flemish public and private cultural institutions, this paper aims to describe the ways Flemish music policy in international situations is mutually connected to political claims for autonomy and independence at the national level. The research questions are as follows: 1) how does Belgian federalism condition cultural/music diplomacy in Flanders? 2) How does cultural/music diplomacy contribute to the political struggle of Flemish independentism? [less ▲]

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See detailLa nuova immigrazione italiana in Belgio
Martiniello, Marco ULiege; Mazzola, Alessandro ULiege; Rea, Andrea

in Studi Emigrazione (2017), LIV(207), 440-450

Sebbene il Belgio non sia più tra le principali destinazioni per i migranti italiani, il numero degli arrivi è considerevole se rapportato alle ridotte dimensioni del paese. Dopo un breve excursus sulla ... [more ▼]

Sebbene il Belgio non sia più tra le principali destinazioni per i migranti italiani, il numero degli arrivi è considerevole se rapportato alle ridotte dimensioni del paese. Dopo un breve excursus sulla lunga storia dell’immigrazione italiana, questo articolo si concentra sulla situazione delle nuove comunità italiane nel paese. In particolare vengono delineati gli aspetti demografici, l’integrazione nel mercato del lavoro con particolare attenzione al settore imprenditoriale, la mobilitazione sociale e politica, la vita culturale e le relazioni con le comunità italiane storicamente presenti. [less ▲]

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See detailNeomelodica Music: Formal, Informal and Criminal Dimensions of Naples’ Marginalised Entertainment Industry.
Mazzola, Alessandro ULiege

in The European Review of Organised Crime (2017), 1(4), 84-105

Neapolitan neomelodica music is popular among listeners in Southern Italy and abroad. Its contents and aesthetic qualities are depicted as a sign of cultural degradation or as an expression of the ... [more ▼]

Neapolitan neomelodica music is popular among listeners in Southern Italy and abroad. Its contents and aesthetic qualities are depicted as a sign of cultural degradation or as an expression of the criminal culture characterising, as the cliché would have it, Naples’ marginalised underclass. The dominant paradigm in journalistic and criminological analyses describes its scene as mostly unprofessional and largely embedded in a mafia-run entertainment circuit through which Camorra members reinforce their popular consensus and economic domination over local communities. The aim of this article is to deconstruct this dominant view by using an ethnographic approach to analyse several case studies of neomelodica music. The pre-existing literature mostly criticises moral and cultural aspects of the phenomenon, while the public debate tends to misinterpretate and underestimate the real dimensions of neomelodica music as a professionally organised and structured cultural business. The unrecognised status of neomelodica music complicates a more articulated view of its political-economic modes of functioning and on the role played by dominant criminal actors in the field. This article concludes that, rather than being a product of an endogenous degenerate local political economy, the informal and illicit aspects of the neomelodica business can be read as the consequence of its marginalisation in the Italian cultural landscape and entertainment industry.The aim of this article is to deconstruct this dominant view by using an ethnographic approach to analyse several case studies of neomelodica music. The pre-existing literature mostly criticises moral and cultural aspects of the phenomenon, while the public debate tends to misinterpretate and underestimate the real dimensions of neomelodica music as a professionally organised and structured cultural business. The unrecognised status of neomelodica music complicates a more articulated view of its political-economic modes of functioning and on the role played by dominant criminal actors in the field. This article concludes that, rather than being a product of an endogenous degenerate local political economy, the informal and illicit aspects of the neomelodica business can be read as the consequence of its marginalisation in the Italian cultural landscape and entertainment industry. [less ▲]

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See detailArt, musique et intégration des réfugiés. Le cas de Naples en Italie
Mazzola, Alessandro ULiege

Conference given outside the academic context (2016)

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See detailFlussi Migratori
Mazzola, Alessandro ULiege

Speech/Talk (2016)

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See detail(Re)producing others: diversity and discrimination in the discourse of Northern League
Mazzola, Alessandro ULiege; Mandin, Jérémy ULiege

in Jamin, Jérôme (Ed.) L'extrême droite en Europe (2016)

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