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Genders and Sexualities in History
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The Pathologisation of Homosexuality in Fascist Italy

The Case of 'G'

Authors: Romano, Gabriella

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  • Demonstrates how psychiatry was used as a tool of repression and persecution of homosexuality in fascist Italy
  • Explores the connections between families, the police and the medical professionals in implementing this form of repression
  • Utilises archival material that have never been used in historical research before
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This open access book investigates the pathologisation of homosexuality during the fascist regime in Italy through an analysis of the case of G., a man with "homosexual tendencies" interned in the Collegno mental health hospital in 1928. No systematic study exists on the possibility that Fascism used internment in an asylum as a tool of repression for LGBT people, as an alternative to confinement on an island, prison or home arrests. This research offers evidence that in some cases it did.
The book highlights how the dictatorship operated in a low-key, shadowy and undetectable manner, bending pre-existing legislation. Its brutality was - and still is - difficult to prove. It also emphasises the ways in which existing stereotypes on homosexuality were reinforced by the regime propaganda in support of its so-called moralising campaign and how families, the police and the medical professionals joined forces in implementing this form of repression.


About the authors

Gabriella Romano is an independent scholar from Italy. She received Wellcome funding for her MRes at Birkbeck, University of London, UK, and was awarded full Wellcome funding for her PhD. Previous publications include I Sapori della Seduzione (2006) and Il mio nome è Lucy (2009).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-12

    Romano, Gabriella

  • “Dangerous to Themselves and Others, and of Public Scandal”: The Internment Procedure

    Pages 13-26

    Romano, Gabriella

  • “Psychic Degenerate”: Why G. Was Interned

    Pages 27-34

    Romano, Gabriella

  • “He and I”: G’.s Voice

    Pages 35-47

    Romano, Gabriella

  • “I’ll Have you Sent to Confino”: How the Fascist Regime Punished and Repressed Homosexuality

    Pages 49-65

    Romano, Gabriella

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-030-00994-6
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-00993-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Pathologisation of Homosexuality in Fascist Italy
Book Subtitle
The Case of 'G'
Authors
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in History
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-00994-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-00994-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-00993-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 110
Number of Illustrations
2 illustrations in colour
Topics