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Crisis of Births Population Politics and Family-Making in Italy

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ISBN-10: 0534636934

ISBN-13: 9780534636937

Edition: 2005

Authors: Elizabeth L. Krause

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This book tells the story of one society's remarkable experience when Italians in the late 1990s attained the lowest birthrate per women of any nation in the world. This case study draws on two years of ethnographic fieldwork over a five year period, to examine the conflicts as well as the possibility that this trend in family-making has created for an otherwise family-centered culture. Krause's innovative project seeks to understand a pressing contemporary issue, and the 'story' she tells takes readers behind the scenes of demographic numbers to reveal what aggregate statistics cannot--a cultural 'politics of population' in which Italians struggle over the meanings of family and children…    
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Book details

List price: $73.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 2/10/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.40" wide x 9.20" long x 0.40" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Elizabeth L. Krause is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author ofA Crisis of Births: Population Politics and Family-Making in Italy.

List of Illustrations
Population Politics, Cultural Struggles
A Crisis of Births
Why "Culture"?
Entering the Field
Nicoletta: Sacrifices Unfulfilled
Cultural Politics and the Quiet Revolution
Family Tree, Revolutionary Roots
A Quiet Revolution
A Peasant Protest
Rags and History
Diffuse Industry and the Family
The Labyrinth of History
Dust and Documents
Weavers and Wet Nurses
A Sold Woman
The Last Laugh
Fieldwork, Sweater Work
Locating Diffuse Industry
Jealousy and Fieldwork
Sweater Work
Hidden Labor
The Apprenticeship
Family Firms, Family Obligations
Buttons and a Family Firm
Rushing to Rush
Searching for Self-Respect
Integrated yet Unending Obligations
Displaying Class, Consuming Distinction
Order as Morality
Genterella, or Low-Class Folks
Praying for a Sibling
Catholics and Communists
Antidotes to Consumerism
La Cucina Povera
Poverty versus Prosperity
Labors of Love, Love's Labors
Real Love
Uneasy Love
Rags, Romance, and Negotiated Love
Unmaking and Remaking Love
Sunflowers and an Etruscan Tomb
A Challenge to the Priest
Son Robbery
Mother Robbery
A Hard Move
Public Prying
Nuptial Beds and Virgins
Unrequited Love
Rational Love
Stigma and Family-Making
Love as Risky Business
Hues of Love
Gendered Myths, Gender Strife
Noble Clues to an Ignoble Myth (Myth #1)
The Journey toward Equality (Myth #2)
Culture of Responsibility
Responsibility and School
The Traitor
The Craft of Motherhood
Responsibility and Food
The Men in the House (Myth #3)
Myth Puncturing
Demographic Alarms, Racial Reverberations
Demographic Alarms
Racism Clothed as Culture
Panic over Immigrants
A Crisis of Birth
Italy's Strange Race Question
The "Octopus," Criminal Anthropology, and Racial Formation
Demographic Malaise
Irrational Sex
Sneaky Pronatalism as Policy
Challenging Whiteness
Consequences of Alarm
Globalizing Policy, Policing Populations
Global Fertility and Policy Trends
The Three Pigs: A Local Theory