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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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Pissing Rage

Pissing Rage

(p.163) Six Pissing Rage
The Mediterranean Incarnate

Naor Ben-Yehoyada

University of Chicago Press

Charts the role of rage as a scaling device. It addresses the role of honor as a frame of action through the moments of insult, offense, and rage it frames and the demands it makes: how honor emerges in concrete interactions and how, when it so emerges, it shapes both the parties involved and the space they conjure up. The chapter discusses how the ship’s layout and its meandering between the Channel’s symbolic and practical realms connected onboard space to the maritime space through a poetics of manhood, and how people cast outer space as props and background for onboard interaction. Ashore, the chapter shows how throughout the Fish War and the Transmed project, recurrent calls to defend Mazarese trawlers in the name of Italian honor unintendedly realigned cross-channel political relations between Mazaresi and Tunisians along a transnational political imaginary of affinity across difference. This realignment redefined the role and reach of patronage and familial idioms in Mazara as well as between the town and Palermo, Tunis, and Rome. Through this analysis, I argue that understanding transnationalism depends on an examination of region formation as the changing relationships between political imaginaries and segmentary process.

Keywords:   honor, transnationalism, poetics of manhood, segmentation, affinity, region formation, fish war, Channel of Sicily

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