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Identity, place and culture: Patrick McCarthy's columns in the Bologna pages of La Repubblica

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For six years between 1994 and 2000, Patrick McCarthy contributed occasional articles to the Bologna section of La Repubblica. These writings were intensely personal interventions on various themes that reflected their author's lifelong interest in literature, culture, politics and sport. Many of them addressed issues of civic life in a city that had once enjoyed a reputation as a showcase of Communist local administration in Italy, but which in 1999 elected a right-wing mayor. In contrast to an impersonal urban modernization that he saw as destructive, McCarthy championed a humane ideal of community that was not 'traditional', but rather open and flexible.
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Keywords: Bologna; Communist; Press; culture; identity; modernization

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Warwick University,

Publication date: 01 March 2009

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