ISSN: 20477368
First published in 2013
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Volume 5 Issue 3
Cover Date: July 2017
Politicize and popularize: The theoretical discourse on feminicide in Italian feminist blogs
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Authors:  Nicoletta Mandolini 
DOI: 10.1386/jicms.5.3.357_1

Keywords
feminicide,intimate partner violence,gender-based violence,feminist theory,Italian feminist blogs,Italian blogosphere,Italian legislation on feminicide,Foucauldian Critical Discourse Analysis (FCDA)

Abstract
The concept of feminicide (‘femminicidio’) has been recently introduced to the Italian socio-political context and since 2012 a prolific theoretical debate on the topic has begun, both on traditional media and on the Internet. This article aims at analysing the current online discussion on feminicide and, in particular, the synergy of dialogue and activism which has appeared within the domain of feminist blogs. Drawing from the theoretical and methodological framework of Foucauldian Critical Discourse Analysis (FCDA), my objective is to investigate the bloggers’ ability to promote existing theories on sexist murders for a larger readership (popularization) and to redefine the notion of feminicide with new socially relevant meanings capable of extending the discursive perimeter of existing feminist theories on the phenomenon (politicization).
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