Femicide in Italy. “Femminicidio,” Moral Panic and Progressivist Discourse

Bandelli, Daniela and Porcelli, Giorgio (2016) Femicide in Italy. “Femminicidio,” Moral Panic and Progressivist Discourse. Sociologica, 10 2: . doi:10.2383/85284

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Author Bandelli, Daniela
Porcelli, Giorgio
Title Femicide in Italy. “Femminicidio,” Moral Panic and Progressivist Discourse
Journal name Sociologica
ISSN 1971-8853
Publication date 2016-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2383/85284
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 10
Issue 2
Total pages 34
Place of publication Bologna, Italy
Publisher Societa Editrice Il Mulino
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In 2012-2013 the feminist neologism “femminicidio” (feminicide) erupted in Italian public discourse as national media outlets repeatedly described an epidemic of men murdering their female partners. As a result, Violence Against Women (VAW) as a cause acquired a new centrality in political discourse surrounding the National electoral campaign that year. Through a critical thematic qualitative analysis of press articles and a linguistic analysis of claims made by activists and politicians reported in news wires, this paper shows that the femminicidio narrative constructed an emergency around violence, one affecting the everyday Italian heterosexual family. Femminicidio as a narrative was influential in the abrupt adoption of a Gender Violence (GV) framework within national institutions, a framework that explains violence as a product of patriarchal culture that normalizes sexist representations of women. Intertwined with a political discourse of progress, the femminicidio narrative suggests that the solution to VAW resides in increasing women’s participation in politics. While increasing participation in politics is a crucial factor in gender equality, focusing exclusively on this framework forecloses on the many sociological frameworks available to understand and prevent the complex social phenomenon of domestic and partner violence.
Keyword Femicide
Critical discourse analysis
Gender paradigm
Mediatized political discourse
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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