“La feccia dell’Europa del Sud”. Razza e costruzione dell’identità etnica nella stampa italiana di New York (1890-1910)

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[automatically translated] From the early years of mass immigration (1890), Italians immigrants were always portrayed in the mainstream press in association with crime, in particular organized crime ,. The first images of the new arrivals seen as a threat to American security and morality, with the progress of the new century, will always spread more crystallized in the minds of Americans and eventually become the predominant representations of Italian immigrants. The response of the Italian community of the new formation is on the Italian-American press, which provided alternative images with which the Italian community could identify themselves and alternative perspectives on organized crime. Because Italians were represented almost exclusively in the context of the crime, it was in this discursive field that many immigrant writers tried to build their own alternative representations. The dominance of the crime, coupled with the central role that the Italian-American press has played in immigrant communities, makes printing an unrivaled source in which to examine the ways in which the Italian-American community has struggled to define itself and its place within American society at large.
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationGeografie Letterarie Senza Frontiere
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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