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Accepted Paper:

The hot winter of six legs dog in Sicily: experimental ethnography about the future of work and of environmental conditions of de-industrialisated area of Augusta-Priolo-Melilli  
Alessandro Lutri (University of Catania)

Paper long abstract:

The ethnographer Kim Fortun (2012) say for the ethnographic understanding of the historical conditions to bring of late industrialism, the ethnography should cultivates an ethnography "not designed to confirm what is already know [but they should] challenge and change the existing order", that is the reality in which they are envolved. An experimental ethnography "producing something that didn't exist before and cultivates open-endedness […] where something surprising, something new to all emerges [that is] new ways of thinking wich grasp and attend to current realities". For this scholar "to understand what is said, what can be said, and what is disavowed", can be realized "provoking new idioms and orderings of subjectivity".

To start by these ideas, in this paper I would show, through the creative creation of spaces (in texts, online, in the street, in conference rooms, etc.) with which make emerges the imaginations and idioms about the social and environmental future of industrial workers, labour unions, political leaders and environmental activists wich work and ageing in larger de-industrialised area in Europe, the petrochemical industrial area builded in Sixteen years by italian national oil company (ENI), "mindful of how very hard it is think outside and beyond what we know presently" as say Fortun.


Fortun, K., 2012, "Ethnography in Late Industrialism", in Cultural Anthropology, 27 (3): 446-64

Panel P079
Postfordist ethnoscapes: deindustrialization, work and unemployment in urban context
  Session 1