Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of American Folklore

Volume

120

Issue

477

Publication Date

Summer 2007

First Page

369

Last Page

370

Abstract

The Passeggiata and Popular Culture in an Italian Town by Giovanna P. Del Negro examines the relationship between the practices of everyday life and the negotiation of modernity in a town (to which Del Negro assigns the pseudonym "Sasso") in the Abruzzo province of central Italy. In her study, Del Negro examines a range of expressive culture from face-to-face events like the evening passeggiata (or promenade) and festive games to mass-mediated forms such as a popular soap opera, televised court proceedings, postcards, and reactions to local and national news stories. The result is a clear, accessible, and well-written work that transcends conventional genre and "folk"-oriented approaches to explore the interpenetration of cultural performance, consumerism, the mass media, and modernization.