Labor Disorders in Neoliberal Italy

Labor Disorders in Neoliberal Italy

Mobbing, Well-Being, and the Workplace
Noelle J. Molé
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/21/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-22319-7
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Winner, Society for the Anthropology of Work Book Prize

Psychological harassment at work, or "mobbing," has become a significant public policy issue in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. Mobbing has given rise to specialized counseling clinics, a new field of professional expertise, and new labor laws. For Noelle J. Molé, mobbing is a manifestation of Italy’s rapid transition from a highly protectionist to a market-oriented labor regime and a neoliberal state. She analyzes the classification of mobbing as a work-related illness, the deployment of preventive public health programs, the relation of mobbing to gendered work practices, and workers' use of the concept of mobbing to make legal and medical claims, with implications for state policy, labor contracts, and political movements. For many Italian workers, mobbing embodies the social and psychological effects of an economy and a state in transition.

Author Bio

Noelle J. Molé is a political and medical anthropologist. She teaches in the Expository Writing Program at New York University.


“An important and path-breaking work . . . provocative and nuanced, theoretically sophisticated and ethnographically rich.”
 — David G. Horn, Ohio State University

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Table of Contents


1. Toward Neoliberalism
2. The Politics of Precariousness
3. Existential Damages
4. Feminizing the Inflexible
5. Living It on the Skin
6. The Sex of Mobbing
7. Project Well-Being


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