The Culture of Consent
Mass Organisation of Leisure in Fascist Italy
By (author) Victoria De Grazia
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Culture of Consent by Victoria De Grazia
Book DescriptionThe efforts of fascism to form a 'culture of consent,' or shape depoliticized activities, in Italy between the world wars, make a unique portrait of fascist political tactics. Professor de Grazia focuses on the dopolavoro or fascist leisure-time organization, the largest of the regime's mass institutions. She traces its gradual rise in importance for the consolidation of fascist rule; its spread in the form of thousands of local clubs into every domain of urban and rural life; and its overwhelming impact on the distribution, consumption, and character of all kinds of recreational pursuits - from sports and adult education to movies, traveling theaters, radio, and tourism. The author shows how fascism was able, between 1926 and 1939, to build a new definition of the public sphere. Recasting the public sphere entailed dispensing with traditional class and politically defined modes of organizing those social roles and desires existing outside the workplace.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521526913
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Sex of Things, Paperback (July 1996)
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How Fascism Ruled Women, Paperback (October 1993)» View all books by Victoria De Grazia
Focuses on how the fascist dictatorship defined the place of women in modern Italy and how women experienced the Duce's rule. This work offers a detailed characterization of Italian women's ambiguous and ambivalent experience of a regime that promised modernity, yet denied women emancipation.
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