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Author Parmigiani, Giovanna, author.

Title Feminism, violence, and representation in modern Italy : "we are witnesses, not victims" / Giovanna Parmigiani
Published Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2019]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 214 pages)
Series New anthropologies of Europe
New anthropologies of Europe.
Contents Introduction -- Locating violence in Salento and beyond -- Women before women : Italian feminists and the struggle for visibility -- The creation(s) of femminicidio -- Being witnesses, not victims : on the affective politics of representation -- Producing witnesses : the perlocutionary effects of the politics of representation -- Fare-come-se (Doing-as-if) and artistic engagements : ethics, aesthetics, and the politics of becoming -- Conclusion
Summary "Can the way a word is used give legitimacy to a political movement? Feminism, Violence, and Representation in Modern Italy traces the use of the word "femminicidio" (or "femicide") as a tool to mobilize Italian feminists, particularly the Union of Women in Italy (UDI). Based on nearly two years of fieldwork among feminist activists, Giovanna Parmigiani takes a broad look at the many ways in which violence inflects the lives of women in Italy. From unchallenged gendered grammar rules to the representation of women as victims, Parmigiani examines the devaluing of women's contribution to their communities through the words and experiences of the women she interviews. She describes the first uses of the word "femminicidio" as a political term used by and within feminist circles and traces its spread to ultimate legitimization and national relevance. The word redefined women as a political subject by building an imagined community of potentially violated women. In doing so, it challenged Italians to consider the status of women in Italian society, and to make this status a matter of public debate. It also problematized the connection between women and tropes of women as objects of suffering and victimhood. Parmigiani considers this exchange within the context of Italian Catholic heritage, a precarious economy, and long-held notions of honor and shame. Parmigiani provides a careful and searing consideration of the ways in which representations of violence and the politics of this representation are shaping the future of women in Italy and beyond"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 16, 2019)
Subject Unione donne in Italia.
Feminism -- Italy.
Feminists -- Political activity -- Italy -- Salentina Peninsula
Women political activists -- Italy -- Salentina Peninsula
Women -- Violence against -- Italy -- Salentina Peninsula
Feminists -- Political activity.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
Women political activists.
Women -- Violence against.
Italy -- Salentina Peninsula.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019028718
ISBN 0253043409