The Story-Takers: Public Pedagogy, Transitional Justice, and Italy's Non-Violent Protest against the Mafia

By Paula M. Salvio

© 2017

The Story-Takers charts new territory in public pedagogy through an exploration of the multiple forms of communal protests against the mafia in Sicily. Writing at the rich juncture of cultural, feminist, and psychoanalytic theories, Paula M. Salvio draws on visual and textual representations including shrines to those murdered by the mafia, photographs, and literary and cinematic narratives, to explore how trauma and mourning inspire solidarity and a quest for justice among educators, activists, artists, and journalists living and working in Italy.

Salvio reveals how the anti-mafia movement is being brought out from behind the curtains, with educators leading the charge. She critically analyses six cases of communal acts of anti-mafia solidarity and argues that transitional justice requires radical approaches to pedagogy that are best informed by journalists, educators, and activists working to remember, not only victims of trauma, but those who resist trauma and violence.

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  • Page Count: 200 pages
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The Story-Takers charts new territory in public pedagogy through an exploration of the multiple forms of communal protests against the mafia in Sicily.

The Story-Takers: Public Pedagogy, Transitional Justice, and Italy's Non-Violent Protest against the Mafia

By Paula M. Salvio

© 2017

The Story-Takers charts new territory in public pedagogy through an exploration of the multiple forms of communal protests against the mafia in Sicily. Writing at the rich juncture of cultural, feminist, and psychoanalytic theories, Paula M. Salvio draws on visual and textual representations including shrines to those murdered by the mafia, photographs, and literary and cinematic narratives, to explore how trauma and mourning inspire solidarity and a quest for justice among educators, activists, artists, and journalists living and working in Italy.

Salvio reveals how the anti-mafia movement is being brought out from behind the curtains, with educators leading the charge. She critically analyses six cases of communal acts of anti-mafia solidarity and argues that transitional justice requires radical approaches to pedagogy that are best informed by journalists, educators, and activists working to remember, not only victims of trauma, but those who resist trauma and violence.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "The Story-Takers is a remarkably important piece of work that will significantly impact the fields of transitional justice and memory -studies, helping to underscore the important work of public pedagogy and symbolic repair in traumatized societies. As such, it requires the sophistication, eloquent, and nuanced writing style, and international reputation that this author brings to the subject."


    Mario Di Paolantonio, Faculty of Education, York University

    "The Story-Takers represents a ground-breaking contribution to mafia studies. Paula M. Salvio combines astute analyses of unconventional texts with a lively and engaging prose that will undoubtedly appeal to scholars and students interested in the fields of mafia studies, criminal justice studies, and new media. Her knowledge and incorporation of works engaging with public pedagogy and transitional justice is superb."


    Dana Renga, Department of French and Italian, The Ohio State University
  • Author Information

    Paula M. Salvio is a professor in the Department of Education at the University of New Hampshire.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction: Story-Taking, Public Pedagogy and the Challenges of Transitional Justice

    Chapter 1:‘To Tarry With Grief’: Spontaneous Shrines, Public Pedagogy and the Work of Mourning

    Chapter 2: ‘Eccentric Subjects’: Female Martyrs and the Antimafia Public Imaginary

    Chapter 3: ‘Children of the Massacre’: Public Pedagogy and Italy’s Non-Violent Protest Against Mafia Extortion

    Chapter 4: On the Road to a New Corleone: Digital Screen Cultures and Citizen Writers

    Chapter 5: Reconstructing memory through the archives: public pedagogy, citizenship and Letizia Battaglia’s photographic record of mafia violence

    Chapter 6: ‘The Duty to Report’: Political Judgment, Public Pedagogy and the Photographic Archive of Franco Zecchin

    EPILOGUE
    WORKS CITED
    NOTES
    INDEX