Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Introduction

Carla Lunghi, Laura Bovone

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The generalized situation of economic and financial crisis which since 2008 has shaken a large part of industrialized countries has produced significant effects on the daily life of Italians. In particular, in line with the strategies to cope with the crisis historically typical of fragile economic situations, in recent years the experiences of disintermediation of the supply chain (such as, for example, GAS), sharing (sharing), swapping (exchange / barter) and self-production (DoitYourself). These practices, today as in the past, appear particularly widespread in the field of clothing, food and furnishings, or in the typical sectors of daily material culture, but, unlike in the past, they are characterized by an explicit subjective assumption of responsibility in comparisons of the meaning and consequences of its market action. In other words, disintermediation of the supply chain, sharing, swapping and self-production seem not to simply aim to achieve and / or maintain adequate living and well-being levels but to promote new forms of consumption, work organization and civil participation. In this context, the research unit of Milan-Catholic University of the Sacred Heart investigated the daily strategies with which individuals and groups pursue satisfactory levels of well-being and quality of life. To this end, it has identified some practices of disintermediation of the supply chain, self-production, sharing / sharing and swapping / exchange with different degrees of internal structuring, including a wide range of practices, from the most informal to the more structured ones, similar to cultural industries strictly speaking. In addition to these case studies, the Unit of Milan Cattolica has reconstructed, using the expertise of a team of historians, the different crisis response practices at two relevant moments in Italian contemporary history: the first relating to the 1930s and the second concerning the 70s. The first case study, dedicated to the years following the 1929 crisis, examined both collective experiences (cooperatives, factory outlets etc.) and individual experiences (new forms of home economics, female work, etc.) . As for the 1970s, the genesis of so-called "precarious" forms of work were analyzed, with particular regard to the youth population, and the diffusion of peculiar consumption styles (such as the purchase of goods) were reconstructed in parallel. second-hand or recycling), alternative means of transport (for example bicycles and hitchhiking) and forms of non-monetary economic transactions (such as bartering). Finally, thanks to the contribution of a team of polythols, the volume reflects on the ways in which the economic crisis has intertwined and interacted with the advent of "platform capitalism" and with new ways of creating value. In connection with this transformation, a reflection took on substance (in political theory, in the sociology of law, etc.) which focuses on the dimension of the common, understood as a different dimension and irreducible to both the "private" and the "public".
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Introduction
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationItalia creativa. Condivisione, sostenibilità, innovazione
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Condivisione
  • Innovation
  • Sharing
  • innovazione
  • sostenibilità
  • sustainability


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