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The Mediterranean IncarnateRegion Formation between Sicily and Tunisia since World War II$
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Naor Ben-Yehoyada

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226450971

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226451169.001.0001

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Whose Strike Is It?

Whose Strike Is It?

(p.35) Two Whose Strike Is It?
The Mediterranean Incarnate

Naor Ben-Yehoyada

University of Chicago Press

This chapter charts the coordinates for the book’s chapters by elaborating two facets of a contrast that kept emerging in Mazara. Spatially, it appeared between the various parts of Mazara, especially between the city’s “historical center.” Temporally, it emerged between a strike that the fleet declared toward the end of 2007 and an earlier strike – the fleet’s largest during the 1970s – which everyone in 2007 kept comparing to present events. Together, these two gaps mark the way for understanding the present situation in two related directions: to sea and to the past. By recounting the various framings that people used to interpret the 2007 strike to me, the chapter posits the key role of frames for social action and scaling attempts in the historical anthropology of Mazara and the Channel. During the 1973 strike, the blurred borders between these three frames – class relations, patron-client relations between boat owners and national politicians, or “one big family” (or exchange, redistribution, and reciprocity)– emerged in full sight. I show the role that this framing played in securing the stratified division of labor, and argue that both the division of labor and its misrecognition conditioned the fleet’s transnational trajectory.

Keywords:   nostalgia, framing, political economy, reciprocity, redistribution, exchange

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