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Judging foreigners. Conflict strategies, consular interventions and institutional changes in eighteenth-century Naples


Zaugg, Roberto (2008). Judging foreigners. Conflict strategies, consular interventions and institutional changes in eighteenth-century Naples. In: Caglioti, Daniela Luigia. Elite migrations in modern Italy. Patterns of settlement, integration and identity negotiation. Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, 171-195.

Abstract

The essay examines the condition of foreigners in an old regime society by focusing on judicial practices and jurisdictional conflicts. For the Bourbon monarchy the juridical definition of foreigners and their subordination under the kingdom's laws represented an important moment in the implementation of its territorial sovereignty against the extensive privileges acquired by the foreign nations during the Spanish period. By refusing to recognize any jurisdictional power of the consuls and by abolishing the particularistic judge-delegates, the foreigners were put under the unifying jurisdiction of the Supreme Magistracy of Commerce. Nevertheless, by mobilizing the consuls' protection and taking advantage of international power disparities, the foreigners adapted themselves to these institutional changes and managed even to influence them. Finally, discussing the social actors' manipulating capacities, the author stresses the instability of belongings and the corresponding categories of classification.

Abstract

The essay examines the condition of foreigners in an old regime society by focusing on judicial practices and jurisdictional conflicts. For the Bourbon monarchy the juridical definition of foreigners and their subordination under the kingdom's laws represented an important moment in the implementation of its territorial sovereignty against the extensive privileges acquired by the foreign nations during the Spanish period. By refusing to recognize any jurisdictional power of the consuls and by abolishing the particularistic judge-delegates, the foreigners were put under the unifying jurisdiction of the Supreme Magistracy of Commerce. Nevertheless, by mobilizing the consuls' protection and taking advantage of international power disparities, the foreigners adapted themselves to these institutional changes and managed even to influence them. Finally, discussing the social actors' manipulating capacities, the author stresses the instability of belongings and the corresponding categories of classification.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of History
Dewey Decimal Classification:900 History
Uncontrolled Keywords:Foreigners, merchants, Naples, eighteenth century, consuls, judicial practices, citizenship
Language:English
Date:28 May 2008
Deposited On:06 Sep 2019 11:45
Last Modified:17 Sep 2019 20:32
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Series Name:Journal of Modern Italian Studies
Number:13/2
ISSN:1354-571X
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/13545710802010933
Related URLs:https://www.recherche-portal.ch/primo-explore/fulldisplay?docid=ebi01_prod000979830&context=L&vid=ZAD&search_scope=default_scope&isFrbr=true&tab=default_tab&lang=de_DE (Library Catalogue)

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