Gender, Family and Sexuality: The Private Sphere in Italy, 1860-1945

TitleGender, Family and Sexuality: The Private Sphere in Italy, 1860-1945
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsWillson, Perry
Number of Pages198
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
CityNew York

This collection of essays presents a range of research on the history of the private sphere in Liberal and Fascist Italy, with a particular focus on sexuality, gender and race - all aspects which have received scarce attention in much of the existing historiography. It includes articles on foundlings and their mothers, the role of midwives, changing attitudes to sexuality, adultery trials, the Fascist persecution of homosexuals, debates about divorce and, going beyond Italy to its empire, the treatment of mixed race children and their mothers in Eritrea. Key themes of this collection include the contrasting attitudes of the Liberal and Fascist governments to the role of the state in the private sphere, the influence of the Church and the impact of new 'scientific' and medical approaches to maternity, sexuality and demography.

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