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Contents: Italian migrants in Australia in the post-Second World War period - Ethnic media: the Italian-language newspaper in Australia La Fiamma - Lena Gustin's columns: Il salotto di Lena and Inchiostro simpatico - The editorial process: editing the body and the construction of ethnic respectability - Migrants' writing - Love and identity - Ethnic moralism and misogyny - Interethnic and interregional relationships, and the generational gap - Mutable bodies and sexual dilemmas - Transsexuality - Self-beautification - Health and work injuries - Childbirth and motherhood - Mental health.

About the Author

Francesco Ricatti (PhD, University of Sydney) is Cassamarca Lecturer in Italian at the University of the Sunshine Coast. His articles have appeared in prestigious Australian and international academic journals, including Australian Journal of Politics and History, and History Australia. In 2008 he received the Altreitalie award for the best PhD thesis on Italian migration.


"Perhaps the single most important contribution that Dr Ricatti's text makes is in bringing into sharp focus the too often effaced corporeality of migrant subjectivities, foregrounding the entanglement of bodies, desires, power and knowledge within the category formations of gender, sexuality and race.[...] The strength of this text emerges from a convincing marshalling of interdisciplinary knowledges and theories in order to shed new light on the complex figuration of migrant bodies and identities, once they are situated within their socio-historical contexts. I can see this book being used in migrant and diaspora studies, Australian history, cultural studies, queer studies, and sociological and anthropological studies" (Joseph Pugliese, Associate Professor in Critical and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, Australia)
"Through his analysis, Ricatti's book has made an extremely important contribution to Italian migrant studies. Indeed, it is difficult to recall any work that covers such an array of individual Italian experiences. Issues raised in this study, such as sexual violence in migrant marriages, have rarely been mentioned in other research on Italian migration, if at all. Ricatti challenges neat generalisations about the lives of Italian migrants and sets out a more critical and complex direction for further historical work. Ricatti should be complimented on his work." (David Brown, Australian Journal of Politics and History 58, 2012/1)

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