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The Art of Making Do in Naples$
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Jason Pine

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816636310

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816636310.001.0001

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Who Am I and Who Are You?

Who Am I and Who Are You?

The Promise and Threat of Contact with the Camorra

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The Art of Making Do in Naples

Jason Pine

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the author’s experiences in securing data about the camorra—not through fieldwork—but through the indeterminate social connections that would eventually provide him with access to information regarding the camorra behind the neomelodica scene. Various intertwining threads of aesthetic affects and total contact are a powerful reality among the Neapolitans, who are often caught in these threads out of a desire for a better life. The melodramas ensuing from such threads contain promises of fulfilling one’s personal sovereignty as well as the threat of total contact. Total contact is where overdrawn hopes for a better future meet inflated fears that nothing will be separated out and spared. Suspicion and hope are both speculative. Yet dealing affectively in this chaotic social climate can nevertheless provide a sense of determinacy long sought after by those engaged in the art of making do.

Keywords:   determinacy, making do, neomelodica scene, camorra, personal sovereignty, total contact, melodramas

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