By Maud Anne Bracke

This is the 1st in-depth research of the feminist circulate that swept Italy through the "long Seventies" (1968-1983), and one of many first to take advantage of a mixture of oral historical past interviews and newly-released archive assets to research the origins, subject matters, practices and affects of "second-wave" feminism. whereas detailing the neighborhood and nationwide contexts during which the circulation operated, it sees this stream as transnationally hooked up.
 
Emerging in a society that was once either characterised by means of conventional gender roles, and a microcosm of radical political tasks within the wake of 1968, the feminist circulate used to be capable of remodel the lives of millions of girls, form gender identities and roles, and galvanize political and legislative swap. extra strongly mass-based and socially different than its opposite numbers in different Western nations on the time, its time table encompassed questions of labor, unpaid care-work, sexuality, overall healthiness, reproductive rights, sexual violence, social justice, and self-expression.
 
The case reports 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 publication concludes on a chain 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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