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Sheltering Women: Negotiating Gender and Violence in Northern Italy

Sonja Plesset


Residents of Parma, Italy pride themselves on their sophistication and connection to European modernity. But despite a reputation for civility, intimate partner violence continues to take place, largely hidden from public view. Offering a detailed ethnography of two women's shelters—one leftist, the other Catholic—this book provides the political, cultural, and legal contexts of competing explanations for intimate partner violence. Some contend that violence against women reflects the cultural and historical gender inequalities embedded in Italian society, including “old-fashioned” or “traditi ... More

Keywords: Parma, Italy, European modernity, intimate partner violence, women's shelters, gender change, gender inequalities, Italian society, masculinity, gender relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780804753012
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804753012.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sonja Plesset, author