Femicide, gender and violence discourses and counterdiscourses in Italy

Bandelli, Daniela Femicide, gender and violence discourses and counterdiscourses in Italy. London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-47785-5

Author Bandelli, Daniela
Title Femicide, gender and violence discourses and counterdiscourses in Italy
Place of Publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Publication year 2017
Sub-type Research book (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-47785-5
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISBN 9783319477855
Language eng
Total number of pages 206
Collection year 2018
Abstract/Summary This book questions gendered readings of violence by analyzing how this paradigm has become normalized in Italy since the feminist term ‘femminicidio’, or ‘femicide’, entered the mainstream media during the 2013 general election. It also sheds light on discourses of contestation on the part of family activists, men’s rights campaigners and divorced fathers’ groups. Two counter-discourses emerge. The first is what the author terms an ‘ideology narrative’, for which discourses built around the conceptual category of ‘gender’ normalize simplistic representations of relationships between men and women. The second is a ‘female violence discourse’, which sheds light on under-represented aggressor-victim relations and modifies dominant representations of femininity and masculinity. The author argues that integrating these two discourses into public debates helps to reappropriate the complexity and biological dimensions of (violent) relationships between men and women, often overshadowed by gender/feminist perspectives. In this way, she concludes, we can address neglected social issues that contribute to violence beyond gender. This thought-provoking book will appeal to students and scholars of sociology, critical discourse studies and gender.
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