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Luisa Fernanda Ayala Torres

  • Urban Studies
  • MA
  • Precariousness in the Transformation of Labour: Through Working Class Identity in the city of Turin
  • Tutor: Sean Tyler and Kaija-Luisa Kurik
  • Additional advice: Maroš Krivý and Keiti Kljavin
  • Master Thesis
Panoramic View of the Manin District in the Early 1970s Fiat Factory -Fabrica Italiana di Automobili Torino-

Between the 1960s and 1980s, nine million Italians migrated from the agricultural regions of Italy to the productive areas of Turin, shaping the periphery of the city from a rural to an industrial area. The Post-War economic boom provided jobs in the northern plants, giving life to a workers’ hegemony and demographic, social, and cultural transformation. This socioeconomic transformation that affected the organisation of workers, labour, political activity, and society in general, was manifested in two cases. The Palace of Labour, an avant-garde building intended to celebrate the struggles of the working class with an exhibition focused on “man and his progress”, and the case of Mirafiori Sud, a working class neighbourhood symbolising the association of workers. In this way, this thesis explores the identity of the working class in the contemporary city of Turin, where security in neoliberal times no longer needs the scope of the protective techniques of the liberal social State, and as a consequence precarization is now the norm. This is reflected in the transformation of labour manifesting itself through productive connection with others, where labour is not purely characterised by the increasing capitalization of social life but is effectively reflected with others, producing new social relations.

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