La Bella Figura Reading Notes - La bella figura Monday...

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Unformatted text preview: La bella figura Monday, April 6 , 2 015 2:07 PM • Day 1 ○ Airports § Italians are afraid of official uniforms ( customs) and are so relieved once they get to the other side § It’s a pain to declare anything because they don’t want to be stopped § Also nervous around cop uniforms ○ La bella figura § Means "to make a beautiful figure" § Compared to "making a good impression" in English § Italians want to always look good for others, but also seen as a good person § Italians have a passion for beauty § Ex: flight attendants □ Italian: supermodel in the sky but also responsive/kind ® Some might be scared to ask them anything because of their looks ® When something goes wrong, she becomes motherly/warm □ British: not as attractive but sensible ® When something goes wrong, she's annoyed ○ Highway § Rules are construed as "optional" § They distrust the gov't and so they don't have to follow the rules § Honk and flash their lights at cars that are going 80 in the passing lane § More car accidents in Italian cities with pedestrians and cars ○ Hotels § All the employees are very nice and treat you well/attentive § People are concerned with having good service like restaurant recommendations not just air conditioning, Wi-­‐Fi, tv, etc. • Day 2 ○ Italian restaurant § Talk about what there eating, before, during, and after § There are distinct cuisines in all 20 regions of Italy □ Each region is very proud of their specialties □ Constantly changing their recipes § The best food is the environment that looks "homey" ○ Italian restaurant § Talk about what there eating, before, during, and after § There are distinct cuisines in all 20 regions of Italy □ Each region is very proud of their specialties □ Constantly changing their recipes § The best food is the environment that looks "homey" □ Where you see all the truck drivers stopping at § Trattoria □ Small scale restaurants □ Family owned □ Located in mid-­‐size/big cities § Food course names are long and elaborate § Italians bargain all the time § Cover charge ( "coperto") □ Covers bread and "time spent" at the restaurant □ But don't usually leave tips § Cappuccino is never ordered during lunch or dinner § Bathrooms □ Very few public bathrooms □ Hard to find, very small □ Difficult to use, not very clean ○ Stores § People are very conscious of the "Made in Italy" label § Look like modern hospital; very sterile § Italians spend more money on clothing than anybody else § Why no online shopping? □ They like to feel/touch clothes directly □ Like the 1 on 1 relationship with the store owners □ Don't like to put their credit card online; aversion to technology ○ Nightclub § A lot of socializing § Lots of dancing § Lots of talking; very loud § They don't get super drunk like Americans; don't throw up § Society allows younger kids to drink so by the time they are older, they don't think it is that big of a deal • Day 3 ○ Condominium § A place you can shut yourself away and not see anybody § Like little squirrel nests § Many arguments over the division of shared expenses required under the Civil Code § No Italians like the elevator ○ The eat-­‐in kitchen/ family § Like little squirrel nests § Many arguments over the division of shared expenses required under the Civil Code § No Italians like the elevator ○ The eat-­‐in kitchen/ family § A living room/small dining room § Where the family talks about everything § The family is a bank w/ no interest or obligations § Also an employment agency § Things are borrowed, traded, given, to relatives, neighbors, etc. § Cares for each other/infirmary § Family is a news service, they all know everything § Mamoni is a mother-­‐fixated child who is afraid to fend for themselves ○ The bedroom, the bathroom, and space in your house § Italians are hoarders; everything in their attic § They barely move § Bedrooms are clean, modern, and shiny § Spent a lot of time in the bathroom; like a sanctuary § Very open about sex • Day 4 ○ Train § Sounds of the train are relaxing and soothing § Local trains stop in every little village; takes forever § Regional trains stop less, but still very often □ Gypsy's, street sellers, students § Fast trains you have to pay a surcharge for § Milan to Rome trains -­‐ super fast, reserved in advance § Always an adventure -­‐ strikes, friendships can be made § Can learn the nature of Italians and how they communicate § If you don't look Italian, they would want to know all about it; fun experience ○ Italian Gestures § Always use their hands while talking; provides meaning § The more educated a person is, the less they use their hands § Important part of Italian culture § N and S use different gestures ○ Museums § Italian women look exactly like the women in the paintings § Looks are very important ○ Television § Very traditional image of women § Don't even notice that their programs are full of semi naked women never talking § Sex is the method of choice for advertising/marketing § Looks are very important ○ Television § Very traditional image of women § Don't even notice that their programs are full of semi naked women never talking § Sex is the method of choice for advertising/marketing • Day 5 ○ Landscape § Pretty but very unforgiving; harsher than it looks § Very dry § Beautiful old farm houses; converted to bed and breakfasts § Very peculiar about their gardens; like to keep boundaries with thorny, tall bushes □ Marking their territory □ Italians are very jealous of the home, only the family can go into the home □ "fear of envy is the reason for fences" ○ Italian Piazza § The central nervous system of Italy § Meetings are held, decisions are made § Always has a church □ Usually an old city; oldest church in the city § Main stores are located there § Walking around, socializing, making friends ○ Political Piazza § Political discussions, demonstrations, and meetings § Bombs going off? § Where the most important political events happen § Very large, hold many people § Famous in Rome & Milan ○ Working Piazza § Workers commuting to work § Students commuting to school § Lots of movement; buses coming in and out ○ Theatrical Piazza § People watching can be theatrical and entertaining § The way Italians interact with one another is fun § Italians eventually become friends with whoever they're watching because they go back every day and see the same people ○ The Window § Watching neighbors; overhearing conversations § Yell at neighbors § Buildings are very close and often face each other • Day 6 because they go back every day and see the same people ○ The Window § Watching neighbors; overhearing conversations § Yell at neighbors § Buildings are very close and often face each other • Day 6 ○ Bank § There's no organized line; no shape § Make up excuses to why they cut § Everybody is on their cell phones ○ Privacy § Women get asked if they plan on having children/getting married § Often don't get the job if they say yes because Italian maternity leave is 1 year, fully paid § Used to people getting into other people's privacy ○ Taxes § Privately owned/family run companies are the biggest tax evaders § Required to keep a receipt after a purchase § Store owners don't give people receipts so they don't have to declare income § So they say 60 euros with a receipt or 45 without one to encourage people not to take one § It’s the customers responsibility to ask for one if they don't give you one ○ Office § Espresso machine is where everybody meets to gossip § Work becomes a fashion contest; very stylist/original ○ Shopping Mall § Rich social life § Similar to piazza • Day 7 ○ The sidewalk § Seemed confusion that is an elaborate form of organization § Sidewalk is used for vespas, pedestrians walk in the streets § Where you hangout and decide what to do § Motorists park right next to their destination □ Double parking problem "just running in for a moment" ○ The automobile § Where the lines have faded, all is up in the air § More cars than people § Used as a private place § Used as a bedroom on wheels; to seduce § Form of self expression and a token of belonging § Vespa Where the lines have faded, all is up in the air More cars than people Used as a private place Used as a bedroom on wheels; to seduce Form of self expression and a token of belonging Vespa □ Low fuel, low bulk, could get places quickly □ Raised the living standard of social classes ○ The travel agency § Go to the "hot spots" at the time § Want to travel everywhere but then don't end up purchasing § Go on whims § Give tips to get special treatment § Want to be the ones solving the problems and teaching § Always looking for bargains § Treated as celebrities; leave Italy to show of their Italian-­‐ness § Forget any country issues when abroad and all get along and like each other • Day 8 ○ The waterfront § New and old come to together; filled with tradition and habit § Little trade anymore § Middle-­‐class lethargy; not in any hurry § Only 1 ferry a day § Very tourist-­‐y § Always an older person seen with a companion § A lot of illegal immigrants who are paid to help the Italians for cheap labor § The Italian peninsula hangs out in front of Africa, the Balkans, and the Middle East ○ The Beach § Picture of Italy is a party; they aspire to gratify chaos § Beach is a good representation of Italy § Very clique-­‐y, there is a preferred Italian distance § Crowded place where people go to do their own thing § No rowdiness at the beach § The people that come there love Italy; very content § Is Arenas □ Parking lots; campgrounds □ Food, cars □ Italians with problems, passions, fixations, etc. □ Known as a holiday island □ Very lively § Foreign families vs. Italian § § § § § § □ Food, cars □ Italians with problems, passions, fixations, etc. □ Known as a holiday island □ Very lively § Foreign families vs. Italian □ German's don’t rest after their eat; Italians rest □ Dutch girl is sunburnt, Italian's put on sunscreen □ British go to the beach in the rain; Italian's stay home □ Italian families discussed and negotiate □ Not required to wear seatbelts; family oriented driving § Ferragosta Holiday □ Celebrating the end of tourist season? □ Relaxation that is communal and obsessive □ Habbit innovators -­‐ seasides, mountains, sanctuaries ○ The Garden § Citris groves § "a private green space" § A place of privilege and temptations § Very secretive, won't show you their gardens § Aggressive gardening because they don't know what to do because they are alone § Abandoned architectural structure and opted for natural and landscape look § Viewed as liberal § Also created a Romantic garden § Gardens have been cut back and destroyed □ Now are just apartment gardens ® Have to adhere to certain rules □ buildings green space , etc. ® Middle class lifestyle ® Hedges and bushes ® English lawn □ Surveyors hillock ® House on a hill ® So observers can see the house ® Easier to monitor the territory ® Feel like a lord of the manor § Vegetable gardens □ Consist of solidarity, suspicion, competition, envy. Distrust, and pride • Day 9 ○ The barber, the newsstand, and the town as a lifebelt § Barbershop is a place for conversation and consolation, a shelter, and a source of information □ Consist of solidarity, suspicion, competition, envy. Distrust, and pride • Day 9 ○ The barber, the newsstand, and the town as a lifebelt § Barbershop is a place for conversation and consolation, a shelter, and a source of information • Day 10 ○ The church, where we will ruminate on the moral menu § You need 5 senses to understand the Catholic faith □ It depends passion and joy § People use the church for a variety of reasons § 9/10 Italians are Catholic but only 1/4 actually go to Church □ This tells us: Catholicism is more cultural than religious, society tells them to be Catholic, its not about an individual choice § Italians are emotional and church doesn't bring that to them as much □ Boring, recycles sermons, etc. § In Italy you are surrounded by Catholics, it’s the only dominant religion § Morals □ Tailored to fit Italians □ Distrust of authority justifies antisocial behavior (e.g. declaring a quarter of your income) □ Amoral familism ® behave well inside the family and pursue private advantage outside of it ® anything done to protect the family is morally acceptable even if it is illegal □ Pride in intelligence ® so they prefer complication, breaking rules ® Rules are up for interpretation □ Transcendence ® there is a superior good in which it is ok to sacrifice something ® Usually honesty or objectivity ® Politicians use this by saying if the ends are worthy then the means don't count □ Intimacy ® like being together ® Problem starts when it develops into the controlled and the controller □ Antipathy for authority ® Top down rules irritate people ® Everyone wants to make their own decisions □ Forgiveness ® Problem starts when it develops into the controlled and the controller □ Antipathy for authority ® Top down rules irritate people ® Everyone wants to make their own decisions □ Forgiveness ® Punishment is not popular § Justify immoral behaviors with the idea that there will always be something to get you out of the situation (bribes, etc.) □ Berlusconi bridged judges and had sex with a minor and Italian's say "If I had money, I'd do the same" ○ The stadium, notes on social gastroenterology § The weekend used to mean time off; where you do nothing § Now Italians try to give their lives meaning on the weekends § Italian's want to keep Sundays as weekends § Soccer □ One of the few unifying factors in Italy ® But Italian still remain distinct from each other ® Own anxieties, expectations, memories, plans for the evening, etc. □ Italian men talk the language of soccer □ Stadium is a very emotional environment □ Rules are broken ® Physical threats or violence are just different types of people □ If an Italian has a ticket with an assigned seat, if there are other open seats, he will be adamant on having that seat □ Structured like a pyramid, with the most wealthy on top □ Where tons of people come to share a fantasy world and a selfless love ○ The horizon. In other words, give us back Columbus § Italy's birthrate is low, infrastructure is aging, research is struggling, and investment is short in supply § Consumption focuses on instant gratification § Obsession with hedonism and body care § Stagnant economy and unworkable legal system § Italy needs a Christopher Columbus to point to the future and chart their route § National feeling of uncertainty and fear in the future ...
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