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Resisting the Tide: The Berlusconi Years
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Resisting the Tide: The Berlusconi Years (Hardback)

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Focussing on his term as Prime Minister from 2001-06, this scholarly volume provides the first assessment of how the neo-conservative values attributed to Berlusconi were contested and resisted by a variety of groups. The continuing influence of the controversial figure of Silvio Berlusconi on contemporary Italian life, culture and politics is beyond question. Focussing on his term as Prime Minister, this volume assesses how the neo-conservative values attributed to Berlusconi were contested and resisted by social/minority movements, intellectuals (radical and moderate) and media practitioners. Edited by members of the Centre for European Languages and Cultures at the University of Birmingham, and bringing together academics in Britain, Ireland, the US and Italy, it has an international perspective. Analysis investigates how resistance to the new conservative culture has been articulated, and how this has been expressed and explained by those involved.

This interdisciplinary volume is divided into three (overlapping) areas: contemporary Italian politics (including the evolution of left and right, unions vs government; the G8 in Genoa and the anti-war movement); cultural texts (including films and documentaries, television programmes, novels and theatre; and experiences (the voices and practices of those who have opposed neo-conservative values from within the cultural industries and identity movements). Wide-ranging, innovative and challenging, this volume should appeal to all those who have an interest in Italy, in politics, in culture and cultural studies.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentComparative politicsHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean history Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 09/07/2009 ISBN-13: 9780826492913  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Charlotte Ross studied at Cambridge and Oxford Universities before completing a PhD at Warwick. She is currently co-editing a volume of essays on modern Italian culture and society Daniele Albertazzi teaches at the University of Birmingham where he leads the 'Culture, Society and Communication' programmes. He has published several books in the areas of national identities, west european politics and the media. Clodagh Brook is lecturer in Italian cinema and 20th century literature at the University of Birmingham.

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