Feminist Activism and Practice: Asserting Autonomy and Resisting Precarity

Manuela Galetto, Chiara Lasala, Sveva Magaraggia, Chiara Martucci, Elisabetta Onori, Charlotte Ross

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This chapter identifies Berlusconi’s policies that impacted most strongly on Italian women during 2001–06, and analyses the resistance offered by the Italian feminist movement to what were seen by many as assaults on the dignity and autonomy of all women. Discussion begins with a contextualization of the feminist movement at the millennium. We then analyse the activities, views and experiences of several Italian feminist collectives, especially of emerging feminists who are redefining established activist practices. The discussion draws on interviews conducted in 2007, and on textual and web sources. We argue that these years saw a return to large-scale demonstrations, but certainly did not impose a monolithic identity on participants. Collective action was characterized by a blending of the personal and the political, established through second-wave feminist thought and practice, but with a contemporary twist in the recognition of individual specificities and differences among women, and an emphasis on irony.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResisting the Tide
Subtitle of host publicationCultures of Opposition Under Berlusconi (2001-06)
EditorsDaniele Albertazzi, Clodagh Brook, Charlotte Ross, Nina Rothenberg
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781441160379
ISBN (Print)9781441176134 , 9780826492913
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2009


  • Italy
  • Berlusconi
  • feminist politics


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