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The Art of Making Do in Naples


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Introduction. The Contact Zone: Where Organized Crime and Everyday Life Comingle

1. Where There's Money, There's the Camorra

2. Making Do with Art: Counterfeit Music, Pirated TV, and Crime Clan Weddings

3. The Sceneggiata: Melodramas of Manhood, Allegories of Violence

4. Family Affairs: Coming of Age on Stage

Act One: The Ventriloquist's Ventriloquist

Act Two: Betraying Secrets

Act Three: The Erotics of Exposure

5. Ethnographic Imbroglios

6. Who Am I and Who Are You? The Promise and Threat of Contact with the Camorra

Act One: Lying Together

Act Two: Seduction and Colonization

Act Three: Eye of the Storm

Conclusion: Making Do with Indeterminacy




About the Author

Jason Pine is assistant professor of anthropology and media, society and the arts at Purchase College, State University of New York.


"Exploring musical performance as a pathway to the Neapolitan underworld, Jason Pine shows how the improbable becomes persuasive as he passionately embraces the challenges of uncertainty and vagueness that mark a highly stylized but passionate arena of social interaction. In the intense theatricality of their shape-shifting kaleidoscope of relationships and identities, Pine's vivid interlocutors challenge the realism of anthropological description through an aesthetic realism of their own, one that dissolves the boundary between art and life." --Michael Herzfeld, author of "Evicted from Eternity"

"Jason Pine finds treasure in one city's 'a munezz', or what some people of Naples call trash--referring to neomelodica music. A great companion to Saviano's Gomorrah, Pine's outsider perspective enables us all to safely witness this dangerous art of making do. With the eye of a cunning journalist and the descriptive skills of a fine novelist, Pine illuminates the murky world of the Camorra and Naples' neomelodica scene. This is writing culture at its best." --Fred Gardaphe, author of "From Wiseguys to Wise Men: The Gangster and Italian American Masculinities"

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