It was released by Edizioni Università di Lecce “South and nation. Folklore and musical traditions in the South of Italy”, by anthropologist Eugene Imbriani. The volume contains the proceedings of the conference of the same name, held in Corigliano d’Otranto, in the Castle de Monti, on 14 and 15 October 2011. As you can read the back cover of the book, the meeting “was placed among the initiatives supported by the Committee for the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy and was promoted by the Foundation Notte della Taranta, of which the best known is commitment to the field of popular music, according to the major cultural institutions of the province, namely the Academy and the University. Numerous scholars – anthropologists and musicologists, especially – have analyzed the pathways and dynamics through which the studies on folklore and dissemination of language and musical practice have helped if they did, and to what extent, to bring the southern regions and poorer classes who made up the majority of the population to the rest of the country, and to decline a common idea of the nation”.
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