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CONTESTI dedicates the Readings section of this issue to the essay by Ernesto de Martino, Note Lucane, published in Società, VI (1950), n. 4, which is part of the researches subsequently published in Sud e magia (1959) and in Furore, simbolo, valore (1962). This writing is relevant for the way in which the Neapolitan anthropologist describes, in particular, the ways of being there, of constituting the rural presence. Presence, for de Martino, is the ability to plan, to possess, to singularize oneself. The phenomenology of the crisis of this presence is investigated through an analysis of the settlement of the Rabata di Tricarico, in Basilicata, Italy.