Spatiality and the Mobility of Labour in Pre-Unification Italy (Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries)
Di Fiore and Rolla bring together in a single analysis two different case studies on the mobility of labour in pre-unification Italy. The first case, focusing on social actors, concerns entrepreneurs and labourers at building sites in Turin and Piedmont during the eighteenth century, originally from Lugano, Milan and Biella. The second case study takes an institutional perspective and deals with peasants and shepherds practising seasonal transhumance along the border of the nineteenth century Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. The authors highlight how, in both cases, the mobility of labourers produced specific trans-local and trans-state spaces. The intertwining of two viewpoints habitually kept apart offers interesting new insights on these spaces for worker mobility as a product of negotiations between actors and institutions.