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Title: 'At the gates of civilization' : southern children in Turin primary schools, 1950s-1970s
Author: De Michele, Grazia
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2013
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In the aftermath of the Second World War, Italy witnessed one of the hugest population movements of its history. The migratory now of Southerners toward the industrialized cities of the North West was particularly remarkable, both for its numerical dimensions and for the difficult and often dramatic encounter between Northern and Southern Italians. The latter where still considered as internal 'others'. This thesis is focused on the case of Southern children in the primary schools of Turin between the 1950s and the 1970s. The first chapter offers an analysis of the post-war discourse on the South and Southern migrants moving to Northern cities and particularly Turin. The second chapter is devoted to the discussion of what is referred to as the educational otherness of the South and to the construction of Southern pupils by primary schools teachers and head of school as a 'problem'. The third chapter focuses on the presence of Southern children in Turin classi differenziali (special education classes). It also sheds light on the role played by psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers in constructing Southern migrants' children as educationally and socially maladjusted. The fourth chapter is based on interviews conducted with grown-up Southern migrant children who attended primary school in Turin.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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