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Author: Chiara Volpato

Title: La violenza contro le donne nelle colonie italiane

Subtitle: Prospettive psicosociali di analisi

Journal: Deportate, esuli, profughe: Rivista telematica di studi sulla memoria femminile

Volume: -

Issue: 10

Year: March 2009

Pages: 110-131

ISSN: 1824-4483 – Find a Library: Open Access Journal

Language: Italian

Keywords: 20th Century | Ethiopian History, Ethiopian History, Libyan History


Link: Deportate, Esuli e Profughe (Free Access)


Author: Chiara Volpato, Dipartimento di Psicologia, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca


»The paper analyses the behaviour of Italians on the colonial scene (Libya, Abyssinia and Ethiopia), a behaviour characterised by violence and imposition. The Italians were guilty of many war crimes and of "genocide" in at least two cases: the treatment meted out to the Cyrenaic people, and the repression of Ethiopian opposition.
The present work focuses on the violence perpetrated against African women, a phenomenon particularly difficult to investigate. More specifically, the paper looks at the reasons for the silence surrounding the gender violence: the general delay of the historical investigation into colonial matters, the myth of the italiani brava gente, the general scarcity of research into the history of women in Africa before, during, and after colonisation.
In the second section, the paper reviews the socio-psychological theories and models which can contribute to the understanding of the phenomena of collective violence and genocide. In particular, the present work focuses on studies concerning racism, stereotyping and prejudice (especially, the Stereotype Content Model), delegitimisation processes, moral disengagement, effects of collective guilt and shame in attitudes of reparation for historical wrongdoing.« (Source: Deportate, esuli, profughe)


  Violenze di genere (p. 111)
  Perché il silenzio? (p. 116)
  Prospettive psicosociali (p. 117)
  Studi su pregiudizi e stereotipi (p. 118)
  Processi di delegittimazione (p. 120)
  Processi di distruzione collettiva (p. 122)
  La percezione della colpa collettiva (p. 124)
  Bibliografia (p. 125)