Lifting the veil: migrant murder, a 'madre italiana', and the politics of transnational colonisation

Dewhirst, Catherine (2011) Lifting the veil: migrant murder, a 'madre italiana', and the politics of transnational colonisation. Studi Emigrazione, 48 (184). pp. 653-674. ISSN 0039-2936

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The Italian imperialist program of the period before the Great War went beyond the project to annex other Mediterranean territories in order to include the colonization of the immigrant communities. Today, historians tend to concentrate on Italian foreign policy rather than on the perspective and experience of migration. This essay begins with a murder case in the United States to show a type of Italian response to the international agenda, by deepening the role of the press abroad, and especially of a newspaper editor. The analysis of the pressures on a worker who emigrated from southern Italy allows us to evaluate the function of gender, class and race in the discourse of transnational politics.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information (displayed to public): Published version deposited with permission of the publisher.
Depositing User: Dr Catherine Dewhirst
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2012 05:37
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2015 02:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: Italian imperialism; southern Italian women; migration; crime; Italian migrant press
Fields of Research (FoR): 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210307 European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman)
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210312 North American History
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950506 Understanding the Past of the Americas

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