Italy

Italy

In lockdown

The situation is still grim in Lombardy and Emilia Romagna, the two worst affected regions of Italy, and people have stopped singing from balconies as Italy’s strict lockdown sees no signs of lifting. While there has been a slow decrease in coronavirus victims, Italy is still one of the worst affected countries in the world, and its population is in mourning. Face masks are compulsory outside of the house, schools have been closed until September, and there are still strict restrictions on the movement of the population. But there have been moments of beauty despite a rather terrible reality. In a striking broadcast Pope Francis celebrated Easter in an empty St. Peter’s Basilica and called on solidarity across the world in the face of the pandemic.

Click on the blog button below to read our latest thinking and insights based on filmed ethnography in 5 different households across Italy. Each article takes a deep-dive into particular values, behaviours and attitudes we’ve seen, with attention to how the Italian context and culture may impact and frame our participant’s responses to the virus.

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