Powers and Resistances. Informal Economies, Illegalities and Marginalism

Author/s Pietro Saitta
Publishing Year 2015 Issue 2015/107 Language Italian
Pages 22 P. 5-26 File size 100 KB
DOI 10.3280/SR2015-107001
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The essay explores the links between «informal economies» and the concept of «resistance». The author argues that the illegalities of the marginal classes should be looked at through their connection to those of the élite classes and the Government. Within this framework, the informal economy is both the outcome of a set of material conditions aiming at the subordinated inclusion of entire classes of citizens, and a sign of the desire of those citizens to evade the limits imposed on them by legislations and social hierarchies. In contrast with the dominant rhetoric on public order, informal economy is seen in this context as a particular area of engagement and effort of the «marginals» aimed to create paradoxical forms of inclusion

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Pietro Saitta, Poteri e resistenze. Economie informali, illegalità, subalternità in "SOCIOLOGIA E RICERCA SOCIALE " 107/2015, pp 5-26, DOI: 10.3280/SR2015-107001