Paolo Natale

Io non mi sento italiano, ma per fortuna o purtroppo lo sono

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Keywords: civic sense, amoral familism, collective identity, sense of State.

Have Italians succeeded in a century and half to develop a sense of national belonging? This essay attempts to investigate if Italians have embodied a shared sentiment of national identity. Survey data show that the scarce sense of the nation is the direct result of a typical Italian attitude in his relation between the individual citizen and the national collectivity. A strong sense of community, useful to interpret one's own position vis-à-vis the «res publica», is missing. The «family» continues to be the privileged space where citizens learn the basic strategies to interact with the external world.

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