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Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Sociology & social sciences
Cultural, ethnic and political dimensions of the transformation of Mediterraneaness in Neapolitan contemporary music.
Mazzola, Alessandro mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences sociales > Centre d'études de l'ethnicité et des migrations (CEDEM) >]
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Ethnic and Racial Studies
Yes (verified by ORBi)
United Kingdom
[en] music and politics ; discursive formation ; Southern Question ; otherness ; Mediterranean ; immigrant integration
[en] 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.

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