An end to collective identities? Political culture and voting behaviour in Sesto San Giovanni and Erba

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Abstract

This paper addresses the question of the demise or resilience of political subcultures in Italy today, focusing on two areas, Sesto San Giovanni and Erba, characterized until recently by a socialist/communist subculture and a Catholic/interclassist one. The voting behaviour and political values of key social groups, above all industrial workers, in these two towns provides evidence of the persistence and indeed revival of political subcultures in Italy. The paper argues that their function has changed, though. Whereas in the past a political subculture encompassed the whole spatial community, nowadays it appears to represent the interests and needs of specific groups within a territory, thus becoming one of many political instruments and choices open to social actors and voters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-43
Number of pages21
JournalModern Italy
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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