The family between public and private gender and family in the cinematographic propaganda of the dc and the Pci in Italy in the 1950s

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The profound social, economic and political changes that characterize the history of the twentieth century and that characterize the present, lead me to reflect on the representations that contemporary societies offer in the field of gender. Starting from the representation of the universe of gender - of femininity and masculinity - and of the family sphere - a place of elaboration and comparison between secular cultures, left and right, but also common ground - we can retrace the history of the twentieth century through an analysis of the different languages of representation to go up to the present day where the study of the transformation of forms of representation and their spread. My aim is to create a space of connections between gender, family and civil society; in this context the public and private dimensions can interact profitably,
building a dialogue that can help to reach new scientific goals. The intervention focuses on the use that the DC and the PCI have made of the cinematic representation of the family in political and cultural action towards Italian society. Through an analysis of the transformation of languages and representations, I will try to identify the most common themes, but also the types of families that the two sides have promoted and addressed. I also intend to reflect on narrative codes as an expression of the private and public role of the family. The objective of the family, as a subject/object of propaganda through the images of the two sides, will guide us along this path aimed at raising questions and revealing contradictions. This is a series of social and political organizations, institutions and interpersonal relationships. Through the analysis of different iconographic representations, the contribution aims to reflect in a contemporary way on the relationship between gender and society. Through a stratified reading of iconographic languages, I can see how gender representation is a stereotype used in the different contexts that cross Italy after the Second World War. How does gender representation contribute to the formation of social identities? How are different iconographic products influenced by the political and religious spheres? Which stereotypes emerge? How are the different iconographic languages transformed? How do different media respond to the policies of different religions and civil society? How have political movements used gender models? How was the role and means of the family exploited and used by these actors? I hope that the different methodological approach can contribute to enriching the ongoing debate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGender and women's studies ’19
Subtitle of host publicationConference Proceedings
Place of PublicationIstanbul
PublisherDakam Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-605-9207-54-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Family studies
  • Media studies
  • Gender studies
  • Political parties studies
  • Italian studies


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