By Antonella Fanella
With middle and Soul is going past the traditional remedy of reasons and outcomes of immigration and makes a speciality of the ways that 'Old global' cultural qualities have been remodeled and adjusted as immigrants encountered an city, commercial -- and every now and then, opposed -- new setting. according to forty eight in-depth interviews with first-generation Italian immigrants, the tale Fanella tells is compelling and informative, not just for Italian-Canadian readers, but additionally these attracted to extra common ethnic or immigration reviews. With middle and Soul is a delicate testomony to these whose lives have been outlined via the social and cultural upheaval that's immigration.
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The city-states had agreed to divide their land into lots and grant them to the poor. 5 hectares maximum. These were too Page 14 small to be farmed economically and encouraged parcelization. 25 As the contadini lacked the necessary capital to properly cultivate the land and turn a profit, their plots were seized for failure to pay taxes and sold to creditors. 26 The abolition of feudalism curtailed the wealth and power of the baroni and saw the emergence of the galantuomini as the dominant social class.
Unfortunately, campanilismo did not translate into a strong sense of civic responsibility or sacrifice for the common welfare. Each person was expected to look after his interests and those of his family. Envy, jealousy and distrust typified the attitudes toward those outside the family. While parenti (blood relatives) could occasionally be trusted, estranei never deserved such confidence. A favourite proverb states: fidarsi è bene ma non fidarsi è meglio (to trust is good, but not to trust is better).
Until well into the 20th century, a small elite enjoyed immense wealth, while a large stratum of society lived in varying degrees of poverty. A visible class structure was clearly delineated by differences in dress, housing, educational levels and, most important, ideology. The social antagonisms between the classes were deeply rooted and resistant to change: there were many barriers to social advancement and little social interaction between the classes. 1 Class antagonisms were compounded by regional hostility.