Journeys Among Women: Feminism in Five Italian Cities

Journeys Among Women: Feminism in Five Italian Cities

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This work is a comparative study of the emergence of feminism in Italy and its development in a variety of different cities. The author traces the history of feminism in Italy and its links with women's and workers' movements. She looks at the different types of women's organizations - the Union of Italian Women, trade-union feminist collectives, single-issue collectives - in five very contrasting cities, from the Catholic culture of Verona in the North, to the inhospitable industrial city, Caserta, in the South. From these specific examples, the author extends her analysis to examine the way in which new political actors - women, suddenly expressing themselves forcefully in public life - behave not only in major cities, but also in lesser known backwaters. This book draws the reader into the lives of Italian women and into their hopes and fears for their political and social futures. It should interest students in sociology, politics and women's studies, as well as interested general readers.
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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 150 x 230mm | 531g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0745603556
  • 9780745603551

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The political and social context; the struggle for women's rights and the parties of the left; Turin - women's struggles in a workers' city; Milan - feminism in a cosmopolitan city; Reggio Emilia - feminism comes to a "red city"; women's movements in a "white city" - from Catholic dissent to feminism; Caserta - women's struggle in the deep south; Conclusion.
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