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Social Centres Materials

Yes, I've been a bold bugie, because I did mean to respond promptly to s0metim3s but have been overwhlemed by all of the other things. But it's coming. I should add that the mini-review of Ballestrini is just a note which I'll be using as aprt of a longer review of his novels (L'Editore. Gli Furiosi, Vogliamo Tutto and Gli Invisibili) although i may leave out the last as it's available in english. Time and my patience permitting I'll throw it against a background of some of the contents of the history he assembled with Moroni and Bianchi. s0metim3s encoragement helped push me over the topp on this decision. Reading novels isn't exactly hard work either.

What follows is just a quick run down of some of the books that I'm using for an article in progress on the history, present and limitations of the social centres in Italy. Foreign vistors never cease to be amazed and inspired by such spaces, so much so that in both Ireland and the UK there is a gathering trend with left-libertarian circuits to make their creation a priority. Hopefully this article will help contextualize some of the choices that are inevitably made within such a process.

One article which I won't be using incidentally is a little piece by Naomi Klein. She is so incredibly misinformed on Italy, possibly because she has been misled (!?), even though she is plainly fascinated by the CSOA. But when she refers to social centres of the north-east as being anti-authoritarian or "anarchist", well it's nmot a matter of being fussy: it's like calling the pope protestant.

Other suggestions, particularly accounts which I don't think exist social centres in english would be of interest.

(1) This was a phenomena especially pronounced in Rome and Bologna. See "Il Cerchio e la Saetta", Andrea Tiddi, Costa &* Nolan, 1997, Genova.

(2) "Centri Sociali: Geografie del desiderio, Dati, statistiche, progetti, mappe, divenire", Consorzio Aasrer, Centro Sociale Cox 18, Centro Sociale Leoncavallo, Primo Moroni, Shake Edizioni Underground, 1996, Milan.

(3) Leoncavallo - Un Percorse di Cittidinanza Attiva

(4) E Varsovia brucia, Luther Blissett, Quattrocentoquindici, 1996.

(5) Centri Sociali di seconda generazione", Lorenzo Sansonetti,in Posse, 2002, Rome.

(6) Centri Sociali, Che impresa! Castelevecchi, Rome 1996.

(7) 10 settembre 1994, Velleita Alternative, 1995, Turin.

(8) Culture eXtreme, Massimo Canevacci

(9) Derive Approdi 12/13 p.95 - 109

(10) L. BERZANO, R. GALLINI, C. GENOVA Liberi tutti. Centri sociali e case occupate a Torino Ananke 2002 (11) "Vita e nuovi lavori ngeli spazi autogestiti di bologna - socialita, formazione, reddito, biopolitica", EFESO, 2001, Bologna.

(12) Leoncavallo S.P.A., Un Percorse di Cittidinanza Attiva Andrea Membretti, Derive Approdi, 2003, Rome.

(13) 'A Love Born of Hate': Autonomist Rap in Italy -- Wright 17 (3) Theory, culture and Society

(14) Nick Dines, Self-Managed Social Centres in Naples in the 1990s, Transgressions 5

(15) "Italy's social centres - a thousand human stories -" Steve Wright