Italy 8

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 30s

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1975

PLACE OF BIRTH: Bologna, Italy

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Italian/white

OCCUPATION: college history professor at Cal State Fullerton

EDUCATION: university degree

AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

Subject was born in Italy, moved to Chicago when he was 6, then back to Italy, to Greece, and finally to California.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject learned English while he was in school in Italy.

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RECORDED BY: Shane Richardson (under supervision of David Nevell)

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The fact is that I think that its important to think about who these people are beyond a, a simple stereotype, to reduce them to one dimension; eh, a lot of people who, eh, define themselves in opposition to these things easily reduce what they’re opposed to, to one dimension and see it as a sign of a negative or just hate, and that’s a part of the story, but, eh, eh, they’re also forced to recognize that, eh, all of these groups that you can define outside of yourself as your opposite, eh, they can become the object of hatred and fear; they’re more complex than that. It’s important to see these, eh, right-wing people, Christian fundamentalists, et cetera, et cetera, as a more complex reality than what they appear to be, ’cause you run the risk or replicating exactly there, eh, thought process, which is to reduce everybody else to one dimension as a external objects, object of fear, object of hate. The problem with, eh, the ideology this right-wing world is exactly its capacity to reduce things to a simply dimension, I think, and so to … it’s important to not replicate that but to, eh, see these people as human being, which is always more complex.

TRANSCRIBED BY:  Shane Richardson (under supervision of David Nevell)

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