Quaderni IRCrES-CNR, (2018) vol. 3, n. 4
    pp 29-49
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Alterità e relazione nelle dinamiche dei piccoli gruppi
Caso di Studio etnografico: lo straniero come risorsa di innovazione e recupero della tradizione nei borghi di montagna

The Otherness and the Relationship in the dynamics of the small groups: An ethnographical case study on the foreigner as a resource of innovation and rebirth of tradition in the mountain villages


Brunella Bonetti

CNR-IRCRES, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Ricerca sulla crescita economica sostenibile, via Real Collegio 30, Moncalieri (TO) – Italia

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This paper aims to analyse the presence of foreign and immigrant individuals or groups that are financially, socially and geographically disadvantaged in small villages of Central Italy. The essay focuses on Castel di Tora, a village situated in Turano valley, in the Province of Rieti, Lazio, Italy. Castel di Tora is a mountainous hamlet of the central Appennino, and today it is significantly depopulated due to the economic crisis. The current inhabitants are groups of foreigners from different countries who work in various fields. The aim of this research is to investigate the potential added value represented by foreigners for development of the community in the professional, economic, social, cultural and environmental areas. The research assumes that the relations between foreigners and locals stimulate a virtuous circle and encourage both the renaissance of the villages and the integration of foreigners. Moreover, the work of immigrants may help in the recovery of traditions in cross-cultural and sustainable methods at the environmental and social level. The research uses an anthropological perspective and ethnographic method for gathering qualitative data from the field. The assumptions made will serve as theoretical reference the ecological anthropology of Gregory Bateson.


Keywords: Anthropology, tradition, innovation, immigrants, work, sustainability, relationship, integration, community, development.


DOI: 10.23760/2499-6661.2018.016


How to Cite this Article

Bonetti B., 2018. “Alterità e relazione nelle dinamiche dei piccoli gruppi: lo straniero come risorsa di innovazione e recupero della tradizione nei borghi di montagna”, Quaderni IRCrES-CNR 3(4), pp. 29–49, http://dx. doi. org/10.23760/2499-6661.2018.016

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