2. Ainu — Aïnou 18142 Asai , Tohru : Kilka uwag o książce Bronisława Piłsudskiego Materials for the study of the Aimu language and folklore . – Litl 43 / 4-5 , 1999 , 17-22 | E. ab .: Notes on Bronisław Piłsudski's ( 1866-1918 ) ...
Author: Mark Janse
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Setting out the historical national and religious characteristics of the Italians as they impact on the integration within the European Union, this study makes note of the two characteristics that have an adverse effect on Italian national identity: cleavages between north and south and the dominant role of family. It discusses how for Italians family loyalty is stronger than any other allegiance, including feelings towards their country, their nation, or the EU. Due to such subnational allegiances and values, this book notes that Italian civic society is weaker and engagement at the grass roots is less robust than one finds in other democracies, leaving politics in Italy largely in the hands of political parties. The work concludes by noting that EU membership, however, provides no magic bullet for Italy: it cannot change internal cleavages, the Italian worldview, and family values or the country’s mafia-dominated power matrix, and as a result, the underlying absence of fidelity to a shared polity—Italian or European—leave the country as ungovernable as ever.