Mothers and Mammismo in the Italian Diaspora

Perry Willson, Penelope Morris, Adalgisa Giorgi, Francesco Ricatti, Silvia Barocci, Garroni Maria Susanna

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    Abstract

    The short pieces presented here all originated in a workshop entitled ‘The Stereotype Abroad: Mammismo in the Italian Diaspora’ held in Edinburgh in May 2014. The workshop formed part of a wider interdisciplinary project - La Mamma: Interrogating National Stereotype - funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to investigate the role and representations of Italian mothers, and, in particular, the stereotype of mammismo (the strong Italian mother who overindulges her sons). Whilst the three other workshops in the series (held in Dundee, Glasgow and Rome) focused on mothers in Italy itself (both in the past and in the present), the Edinburgh meeting looked beyond Italy to the experience of motherhood, and discourse about it, in migrant communities. After a short introduction by the workshop organizers (Penelope Morris and Perry Willson), this forum includes two contributions on migrant motherhood in the US (by Maria Susanna Garroni and Silvia Barocci), one on New Zealand (Adalgisa Giorgio) and one on Australia ( Francesco Ricatti).After a short introduction by the workshop organizers (Penelope Morris and Perry Willson), this forum includes two Contributions on migrant motherhood in the US (by Maria Susanna Garroni and Silvia Barocci), one on New Zealand (Adalgisa Giorgio) and one on Australia ( Francesco Ricatti).
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)143-163
    Number of pages21
    JournalAltreitalie
    Issue number50
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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