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Abstract : This article analyses Edward Banfield-s book, The moral basis of a backward society. According to this American scholar, prioritizing present orientation over future planning is the distinctive character of backwardness. For this reason, in understanding backward rural contexts, cultural factors are far more important than socioeconomic factors. His research is extensively discussed in the first section of the article. Then, in the second part, the main criticisms in both international and Italian debates over the book are presented in order to contextualize the reasons for the strong scholarly interest generated by the theory of amoral familism.

Keywords : amoral familism Banfield South of Italy Mezzogiorno





Author: Emanuele Ferragina -

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/



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