By Maud Anne Bracke

This is the 1st in-depth research of the feminist move that swept Italy throughout the "long Nineteen Seventies" (1968-1983), and one of many first to exploit a mix of oral historical past interviews and newly-released archive resources to investigate the origins, topics, practices and affects of "second-wave" feminism. whereas detailing the neighborhood and nationwide contexts within which the flow operated, it sees this move as transnationally hooked up.
 
Emerging in a society that was once either characterised through conventional gender roles, and a microcosm of radical political initiatives within the wake of 1968, the feminist stream used to be in a position to rework the lives of millions of girls, form gender identities and roles, and galvanize political and legislative switch. extra strongly mass-based and socially various than its opposite numbers in different Western international locations on the time, its schedule encompassed questions of labor, unpaid care-work, sexuality, overall healthiness, reproductive rights, sexual violence, social justice, and self-expression.
 
The case reviews detailing feminist politics in 3 towns (Turin, Naples, and Rome) are framed in a much wider research of the movement’s emergence, its transnational hyperlinks and native specificities, and its practices and discourses. The booklet concludes on a sequence of hypotheses in regards to the movement’s longer-term affects and trajectories, taking it as much as the Berlusconi period and the current day.

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