Giovanni Cazzetta

In the age of machines. artefici, operai, telegrafisti: codified law and classificatory uncertaintiesof jurists

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Keywords: Codification; Unique Subject of Law; "Operaio"; Industrial Revolution.

The essay describes the different uses of the word "operaio" (manual worker) in the period of transition from the "ancien régime" of works to the age of machines. Ambiguities of Codes and interpretative uncertainties of legal scholars are analyzed in order to signal the tension between common law ("equal for everybody") and the emerging of new social subjects, between silence of legislation (in the Civil Code of 1865 the word "operaio" is absent) and the progressive edification in society of words capable of substantiating precise legal protections.

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