Journal title RIVISTA SPERIMENTALE DI FRENIATRIA
Author/s Augusta Molinari
Publishing Year 2010 Issue 2010/3 Language Italian
Pages 19 P. 47-65 File size 337 KB
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The author describes the relationship between migration and madness during the period of mass emigration of Italians overseas. She documents the outcomes of the psychophysical selection practices implemented on arrival. These procedures transformed the immigrant into a mental patient. The Author focuses her research on two asylums in Southern Italy - Nocera Inferiore and Catanzaro - studying articles of that period published in psychiatric or migration journals, as well as social and health historical records.
Keywords: Italian transatlantic migration, mental illness as a social pathology of migration, psychophysical selection
Augusta Molinari, Emigrazione e follia nel primo Novecento. Una storia poco nota dell’emigrazione transoceanica italiana in "RIVISTA SPERIMENTALE DI FRENIATRIA" 3/2010, pp 47-65, DOI: 10.3280/RSF2010-003005