Article Title

Inside and Outside Italian Political Culture: Immigrants and Diasporic Politics in Turin

Type of Work

Article

Date

2002

Journal Title

GeoJournal

Journal ISSN

0343-2521

Journal Volume

58

Journal Issue

2/3

First Page

167

Last Page

175

DOI

10.1023/B:GEJO.0000010836.87343.f0

Abstract

Immigration has become a leading topic of Italian political discourse and culture over the past decade, but international migrants also play a crucial role in the transformation of political culture at the scale of everyday practices. In the northern Italian industrial city, Turin, migrants from various parts of Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia bring into relief the deconstruction of postwar labor in Italy, and contribute widely to shifting political practices and identities. Contemporary migrants from diverse ethnic backgrounds are discriminated against in similar ways, and are in the historically peculiar position of building diasporic politics. In Turin, first generation migrants have helped lead newcomers toward active participation in local politics, from the shop floors to the labor unions, and to inter-ethnic and feminist associations.

Hamilton Areas of Study

Africana Studies