Migration and multiculturalism are hotly discussed in public debates across Europe. Whereas ethnographic research has begun to examine the Right in this context, the Left remains largely unexplored. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in Bologna - the show-case city of the Italian Left - this book provides fresh perspectives on how the contemporary Left "frames" these issues in practice and how such framing has changed in recent decades. By focusing on the official rhetoric grassroots discourses, policy and civil societal practices of the Left as well as on the immigrants' own views, this book timely offers a comprehensive, vivid, and critical account of changing ideas about ethnicity, class, identity and difference in "progressive" politics and of the implications that such ides have for the incorporation of migrants in Europe.
Davide Pero, previously "Marie-Curie" Fellow at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and Lecturer at the University of Bath, now is Researcher at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Oxford University). He has conducted ethnographic research on immigration and politics in Italy, Spain and the UK.