The Pathologisation of Homosexuality in Fascist Italy [electronic resource] :The Case of 'G' / by Gabriella Romano.
Contributor(s): SpringerLink (Online service).Material type: BookSeries: Genders and Sexualities in History: Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Pivot, 2019.Edition: 1st ed. 2019.Description: XIII, 110 p. 2 illus. in color. online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783030009946.Subject(s): Italy—History | Civilization—History | Gender identity | History | Social history | History of Italy | Cultural History | Gender and Sexuality | History of Science | Social HistoryDDC classification: 945 Online resources: Click here to access online
1. Introduction -- 2. “Dangerous to Themselves and Others, and of Public Scandal”: The Internment Procedure -- 3.“Psychic Degenerate”: Why G. Was Interned -- 4. “He and I”: G’.s Voice -- 5. "I'll have you sent to confino". How the fascist regime punished and repressed homosexuality -- 6. “House of Sorrow”: The Collegno Asylum in 1928–1931 -- 7. “My Untamed, Alone, Naked Will”: Freedom -- 8. Conclusions.
This open access book investigates the pathologisation of homosexuality during the fascist regime in Italy through an analysis of the case of G., a man with "homosexual tendencies" interned in the Collegno mental health hospital in 1928. No systematic study exists on the possibility that Fascism used internment in an asylum as a tool of repression for LGBT people, as an alternative to confinement on an island, prison or home arrests. This research offers evidence that in some cases it did. The book highlights how the dictatorship operated in a low-key, shadowy and undetectable manner, bending pre-existing legislation. Its brutality was - and still is - difficult to prove. It also emphasises the ways in which existing stereotypes on homosexuality were reinforced by the regime propaganda in support of its so-called moralising campaign and how families, the police and the medical professionals joined forces in implementing this form of repression.