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Social and Mental Alienation in Italy between the Economic Miracle and the Years of Lead

Sforza Tarabochia, Alvise and Diazzi, Alessandra (2019) Social and Mental Alienation in Italy between the Economic Miracle and the Years of Lead. In: The Years of Alienation in Italy. Factory and Asylum from the Economic Miracle and the Years of Lead. Palgrave. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This chapter discusses the multiple meanings of the notion of alienation, providing some essential coordinates for the understanding of such a slippery concept. This chapter proceeds by contextualizing what we call the “years of alienation” and explaining why we believe this is a particularly telling label for Italy’s sociopolitical and cultural situation between the so-called Economic Boom and the Years of Lead (1958–1980). In order to do so, we explore, on the one hand, the ideological debate on alienation understood in its sociopolitical connotations, which found in literature and cinema a privileged site of elaboration; and on the other hand, Franco Basaglia’s subversion of the field of psychiatric health care. In particular, we pay attention to the clinical and the political meanings that mental alienation took on in this context, and the influence this revolution in psychiatry had on literature, cinema, and popular music.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages (inc film, TV and radio studies)
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Italian
Depositing User: Alvise Sforza Tarabochia
Date Deposited: 06 May 2019 14:16 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2019 12:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/73767 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Sforza Tarabochia, Alvise: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3001-9912
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