The No. 1 factor in Italy's social equilibrium: The Family. The postwar economic-boom generation of prudent savers is lovingly maintaining those that followed. Grandparents care for grandchildren, while parents help finance, or even buy, that first home for just-married children. And young Italians may be just as inclined to live at home with mom and dad well into their 30s, with no social stigma. An organic extension of family is "campanilismo" â¿¿ a fierce loyalty to the village bell-tower â¿¿ which has meant that Italians look out for each other in their home communities, which are often better suited than the state to find the best ways to help those in need.Experts see good and bad in this Italian way of life.
Italian Traditions Provide Buffers To The Crisis
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