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A Political History of National Citizenship and Identity in Italy, 1861-1950$
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Sabina Donati

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804784511

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804784511.001.0001

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National Citizenship and Italianità in Historical Perspective

National Citizenship and Italianità in Historical Perspective

(p.261) Conclusion National Citizenship and Italianità in Historical Perspective
A Political History of National Citizenship and Identity in Italy, 1861-1950
Sabina Donati
Stanford University Press

This chapter-concluding the book-offers a full discussion of the vision(s) of Italian national identity that emerge from analysis of the citizenship policies and related official discourse carried out throughout our historical journey. Going back to the two metaphors introduced at the start (i.e., “citizenship as a mirror” and “citizenship as a pencil”), it uses these two allegorical instruments to summarize the major findings and elucidate the closing arguments. In so doing, it offers an overview of the origins and the historical evolution of citizenship and identity in Italy from 1861 to 1950 in order to show, in the longue durée, that italianità is by no means a fixed notion, that it can be dual, multidimensional and variable, and that it has been shaped by homegrown traditions of racial thinking concerning, in different ways, Southern Italians, Italian Jews, Italian colonial subjects and the historical origins of the Italics.

Keywords:   national citizenship, monarchical subjecthood, republican citizenship, racial thinking, national identity, italianità, liberal Italy, fascist Italy, metaphors

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