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The Moral Neoliberal: Welfare and Citizenship in Italy

Andrea Muehlebach


Morality is often imagined to be at odds with capitalism and its focus on the bottom line, but in this book, it is shown as the opposite: an indispensible tool for capitalist transformation. Set within the shifting landscape of neoliberal welfare reform in the Lombardy region of Italy, the book tracks the phenomenal rise of voluntarism in the wake of the state's withdrawal of social service programs. Using anthropological tools, it shows how socialist volunteers are interpreting their unwaged labor as an expression of social solidarity, with Catholic volunteers thinking of theirs as an express ... More

Keywords: morality, capitalism, capitalist transformation, neoliberal welfare reform, Lombardy, Italy, neoliberalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226545394
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226545417.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Muehlebach, author