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Labor Disorders in Neoliberal Italy

9780253356390: Hardback
Release Date: 21st November 2011

9780253223197: Paperback
Release Date: 21st November 2011

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 228

Series New Anthropologies of Europe

Indiana University Press

Labor Disorders in Neoliberal Italy

Mobbing, Well-Being, and the Workplace

Hardback / £58.00
Paperback / £20.99

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.


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


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