Building a 'counter-community of emotions': feminist encounters and socio-cultural difference in 1970s Turin

Bracke, M. (2012) Building a 'counter-community of emotions': feminist encounters and socio-cultural difference in 1970s Turin. Modern Italy, 17(2), pp. 223-236. (doi: 10.1080/13532944.2012.665283)

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The article analyses cross-class encounters within 1970s feminist campaigning from the perspective of the history of emotions. It is based on a case study of a feminist women's sexual health clinic (consultorio autogestito) in a working-class district near Turin, the Falchera, in the mid-1970s. The article investigates the role played by emotions in the creation of a sense of community among women from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds. The encounters between feminist activists from Turin and working-class women living at the Falchera are understood as framed by these emotional exchanges, which led the women involved to question in new ways their own life-stories, aspirations and understanding of libertà. It is argued that these exchanges led to a reshaping of feminist politics at the grass-roots, specifically in the articulation of strongly situated notions of liberation. The analysis is based on original interviews and interviews published at the time.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bracke, Professor Maud
Authors: Bracke, M.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DG Italy
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Modern Italy
Publisher:Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
ISSN (Online):1469-9877
Published Online:24 April 2012

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