Synopses & Reviews
Pasta and pizza, in all their infinitely delicious and universally appealing varieties, are inextricably connected to Italian identity. These familiar foods not only represent Italys culinary traditions, according to anthropologist Franco La Cecla, they have unified the Italian people and spread Italian culture worldwide. Pasta and Pizza tells the story of how cuisine born in the south of Italy during the Arab conquest became a foundation for the creation of a new nation. As La Cecla shows, this process intensified as millions of Italians immigrated to the Americas: it was abroad that pasta and pizza became synonymous with being Italian, and the foods popularity grew as the Italian presence expanded in American culture.
More than literature, art, or even language, food serves as a strong cultural rallying point for the Italian people and a way to disseminate Italian traditions worldwide. Available for the first time in English translation, La Ceclas lively and accessible study will be of interest to a wide range of readers, from social theorists to avid foodies.
“A work of charming and (one lengthy citation of Bourdieu aside) accessible prose [that] . . . offers ample opportunities for productive conversation.”
What is ethics? Is it a system of transcendent moral imperatives or can it be produced by ordinary people in everyday life? Do the daily rules of interaction constitute a code of ethics? In The Culture of Ethics
, renowned anthropologists Franco La Cecla and Piero Zanini address these questions in a series of thought-provoking reflections that draw their inspiration from diverse sources, ranging from fieldwork in Papua New Guinea to cinematic depictions of the Ten Commandments.
An engaging and accessible contribution to the emerging area of interest in “ordinary ethics,” The Culture of Ethics explores what anthropology has to offer on the question of how we ought to live.
About the Author
Franco La Cecla
is an anthropologist and architect who has taught in Milan, Venice, Palermo, Barcelona, and Paris. He currently lives in Barcelona and is the author of several books, including Pasta and Pizza,
also published by Prickly Paradigm Press. Piero Zanini
is a senior researcher at the Laboratoire Architecture Anthropologie de lÉcole Nationale Supérieure dArchitecture de Paris-La Villette. He lives in Paris.
Table of Contents
1. It Happens When You Travel
2. The Rules for Doing Nothing
3. Other Peoples Rules
4. Theres Someone Knocking at the Door
5. Turbulent Hearts
6. An Ordinary Ethics
7. Is It Really a Morality?
8. What Sort of Morality Is This?
9. A Parenthesis
11. Cambia, todo cambia
12. Lágrimas, tormentos
13. Other Torments (More Familiar This Time)
14. A Question of Scale: Still the Local Mind?
15. Rights: Human?
16. Ordinary Ethics and Aesthetics