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Pre-Occupied SpacesRemapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies$
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Teresa Fiore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823274321

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823274321.001.0001

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Italy as a Laboratory for Imagi-Nation: The Citizenship Law between Inbound and Outbound Flows

Italy as a Laboratory for Imagi-Nation: The Citizenship Law between Inbound and Outbound Flows

(p.183) Conclusion Italy as a Laboratory for Imagi-Nation: The Citizenship Law between Inbound and Outbound Flows
Pre-Occupied Spaces

Teresa Fiore

Fordham University Press

The Conclusion discusses a thorny and pressing issue in Italy: the reform of the citizenship law (n. 91) toward the inclusion of a mild jus soli that would recognize the presence of hundreds of thousands of young people who were born from immigrant parents and who have no access to citizenship until the age of 18, if not later. Three projects are the focus of this conclusion: Maria Rosa Jijon’s short video Forte e Chiaro, Fred Kuwornu’s documentary 18 Ius Soli, and the educational project “Cultural-Shock.” While all advocating for the so-called second generation, these projects adopt different styles and ideological approaches, reflecting the tension between assimilation, integration, and intercultural questioning. In attempting to define Italy as a potentially unique laboratory in matters of migration, perhaps conducive to Franco Cassano’s “imagi-nation,” the conclusion proposes to read current immigration through the experience of past migrations and colonial legacies, painful and contradictory though they may be. In lieu of sterile or nostalgic forms of national identity spurred by territorial defense and economic insecurity, Italy has the potential to use its trans-national archive to re-map its present scenario of multi-cultural social relationships.

Keywords:   Cassano, citizenship, colonialism, emigration, immigration, Italy, Maria Rosa Jijon, Fred Kuwornu, multiculturalism

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