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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Colloquium Series - Diaspora and Transnational Studies - University of Toronto

The Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of
Toronto cordially invites you to our research methods colloquium series,
Methods Café. This week's seminar features a discussion of a recently
published book by Prof. Andrea Muehlebach "The Moral Neoliberal: Welfare and
Citizenship in Italy" (2012, The University of Chicago Press).
Discussant comments to be provided by Prof. Tania Li.

The seminar will take place at JHB100A (ground floor) at the Jackman
Humanities Building, 170 St. George.

Andrea Muehlebach and Tania Li
Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto
Discussing "The Moral Neoliberal: Welfare and Citizenship in Italy"
Friday, November 30th
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Abstract for the book:

Set within the shifting landscape of neoliberal welfare reform in the
Lombardy region of Italy and visiting sites from Milanese high schools to
he offices of of social workers to the homes of the poor, "The Moral
Neoliberal" examines the phenomenal rise of voluntarism during Italy's
current withdrawal of social service programs. Mounting a powerful and
paradoxical argument that morality in Italy has become an indispensable
tool for capitalist transformation, Muehlebach explores the state's mass
mobilization of selflessness as a means to cement - and to sometimes also
unintentionally undermine - some of its most controversial reforms.

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