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SouqBiblio: International annotated bibliography (number 7)

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Benedetto Saraceno



1) Etienne Balibar. Citizenship. Bollati Boringhieri, Turin 2012.

Balibar is a french, political philosopher who teaches in the United States. In this brief but extremely animated book he summarizes the guidelines of his thinking: citizenship is a complex category that changes in time and space; citizenship and democracy have a dynamic relationship that is often antinomica; there is a need for continual change in democratic institutions on behalf of the active citizen who "always maintains a link with the notions of insurrection and revolution, not only in the sense of a violent or pacific happening, that interrupts instituzional continuity, but also in that of a process that continually restarts and whose forms and objectives depend on historical conditions, that are also in constant change".

2) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development/Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs. Beyond De-Institutionalization: striking the right balance for mental health. DELSA/HEA(2012)36.

This document presents the recommendations expressed by the Committee on Mental Health of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that brings together 34 countries with developed economies and defines policies and strategies for economic development. It is important and interesting that an Organisation, responsible for economic development, places at the centre of its own interests, policies of mental health. The document avails itself of the contribution made by 50 experts of the ministries of health coming from 26 countries and of a pool of experts from the European Union and from the WHO. The document analyses policies relating to mental health and places a special emphasis on policies of deinstitutionalisation enacted in many member countries of the OECD.

3) Human Rights First. Combating Xenophobic Violence: A Framework for Action. Human Rights First, Washington 2011.

Human Rights First is an independent organization based in the United States that is not funded by any government. This extraordinary report presents a complete global picture of the phenomena of xenophobic violence in the whole world (among other things Italy is cited as a country with scenes of xenophobic violence). The Report is not limited to denouncing and documenting but it dedicates a section to numerous "profiles of countries" presenting in detail the respective situations of xenophobic violence. The Report also presents and analyses the formal rights of immigrants and discusses defence strategies against violence: major references to international law are present in detail. This Report should be made known in Italy.


4) UN-HABITAT . State of the World's Cities 2012/2013. UN-HABITATISBN Series Number: 978-92-1-133397-8, 2012.

UN-Habitat, a specialized agency of the United Nations dealing with Habitat, published a new report on the state of "prosperity" of the great cities of the world. The Report presents a new Index called the City Prosperity Index that proposes to measure prosperity in the cities rather than the pure perspective of economic growth. The Index tries to express other dimensions such as the quality of life, the quality of infrastructures, equity and environmental sustainability. This new Index is proposed as an instrument to assist planners in promoting policies that increase the access to resources and rights and decrease social injustice. The logic that characterizes UN-Habitat and all its normative documents in recent years, is to stimulate the authorities that govern the great metropolises to free themselves from an exclusively economistic view and introduce dimensions linked to the growth of rights, to the access to resources and to the participation in procedures of governance.


5) Alkire S. Well Being, Happiness and Public Policy. Research Paper: 37a - January 2013

Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative. Available online PDF [55p.] at:
This is a background paper commissioned by the International Expert Working Group (IEWG) for a New Development Paradigm. Returning to the notion of Gross National Happiness.- GNH and the possiblility of measuring it, the paper discusses the possibility of introducing the GNH index in specialized international literature and analyse the elements that contribute to the measurement of gross national happiness that are numerous and are a mixture of quantitative indicators (infant mortality, for example) and qualitative such as the feeling of satisfaction or well-being of citizens. In relation to this subject see the bibliographic reference in number 5 of SouQuaderni: Karma Ura, Karma Galay: Gross National Happiness and Development. The Centre for Buthan Studies, Thimpu 2004.

*If the texts of the articles, reports, and documents indicated by SouqBiblio are not found by consulting the magazines mentioned, they can usually be traced through research on Google.










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