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See detailThe refugee reception crisis in anti-immigrant times. Polarization of the public opinion, local mobilizations and reception practices in Europe.
Rea, Andrea; Martiniello, Marco ULiege; De Cuyper, Peter et al

Book published by ULB Press (in press)

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See detailPublic opinion and forms of mobilization towards asylum seekers in Belgium
Mazzola, Alessandro ULiege; Mescoli, Elsa ULiege; Reidsma, Marije et al

in Mazzola, Alessandro; Martiniello, Marco; De Cuyper, Peter (Eds.) et al The refugee reception crisis in anti-immigrant times. Polarization of the public opinion, local mobilizations and reception practices in Europe. (in press)

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See detailBelgium
Mazzola, Alessandro ULiege

in Wilson, Thomas (Ed.) Europe: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society (2020)

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See detailLa neo-mobilità giovanile italiana in Belgio
Mazzola, Alessandro ULiege

Conference given outside the academic context (2019)

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See detailBelgium: History, Culture and Geography of Music
Mazzola, Alessandro ULiege

in Sturman, Janet L. (Ed.) The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture (2019)

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See detailBelgium: Modern and contemporary performance practice
Mazzola, Alessandro ULiege

in Sturman, Janet L. (Ed.) The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture (2019)

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See detailCultural, ethnic and political dimensions of Mediterraneaness in Neapolitan contemporary music. From a discursive transformation in sounds and lyrics to mobilization against Salvini's Lega.
Mazzola, Alessandro ULiege

in Ethnic and Racial Studies (2019), 42(6),

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 cultural representations and ... [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 cultural representations and 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 discursive formation. Since the early 1990s, singer-songwriters attempted to transform stereotypical views of Naples and the South, and to popularize a positive idea of Mediterraneaness on a cultural, ethnic and political dimension. This article aims to explore this process through musical and ethnographic sources, and to discuss the way it is mobilized in forms of protest against racism, xenophobia and the rise of extreme-right in contemporary Italy. Neapolitan artists Eugenio Bennato, Almamegretta, 99 Posse and collective Terroni Uniti provide the case studies. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Paradoxes of Music Diplomacy in a Federal Country. A Case Study from Flanders, Belgium
Mazzola, Alessandro ULiege

in Dunkel, Mario; Nitzsche, Sina (Eds.) Popular Music and Public Diplomacy. Transnational and Transdisciplinary Perspectives (2018)

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 detailAccidental Activists: When arts practices are unintentionally political
Mazzola, Alessandro ULiege; Damery, Shannon ULiege

Conference (2018, August)

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See detailIn Belgio
Mazzola, Alessandro ULiege; Mescoli, Elsa ULiege; Martiniello, Marco ULiege

in Il Mulino : Rivista Mensile di Attualità e Cultura (2018), 6(18), 165-169

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See detailI profili della neo-mobilità giovanile italiana in Belgio
Mazzola, Alessandro ULiege; Mescoli, Elsa ULiege; Martiniello, Marco ULiege

in Licata, Delfina (Ed.) Rapporto Italiani nel Mondo 2018 (2018)

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

in 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 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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