From Feltrinelli to Moro: a second cycle of contention

Phil Edwards

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Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780719078736
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702192 | DOI:
From Feltrinelli to Moro: a second cycle of contention

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This chapter focuses on the second cycle of contention in Italy from 1972 to 1977. It describes the phases of innovation of the movement in the period 1972–3, its diffusion in 1974–6, and its engagement in 1976–7. This chapter contends that the Partito Comunista Italiano (PCI) played a determining role in the engagement phase, steering it to a conclusion which turned out to be disastrous for the movements and for the party itself. It discusses the contribution of the women's liberation movement to the rising phase of the cycle and explains how the movement's stress on culture, ideology and personal relationships promoted a withdrawal from the political sphere which helped it to weather the repression and demobilisation of the late 1970s.

Keywords: cycle of contention; Italy; PCI; women's liberation movement; repression; demobilisation

Chapter.  23102 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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