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More Work! Less Pay!': Rebellion and Repression in Italy, 1972-77

Phil Edwards


In the mid-1970s, a wave of contentious radicalism swept through Italy. Groups and movements such as ‘Proletarian youth’, ‘metropolitan Indians’ and ‘the area of Autonomy’ practised new forms of activism, which were confrontational and often violent. Creative and brutal, intransigent and playful, the movements flourished briefly before being suppressed through heavy policing and political exclusion. This is a full-length study of these movements. Building on Sidney Tarrow's ‘cycle of contention’ model and drawing on a wide range of Italian materials, it tells the story of a unique group of pol ... More

Keywords: radicalism, Italy, Proletarian youth, metropolitan Indians, area of Autonomy, activism, political movements, political exclusion, Sidney Tarrow, cycle of contention

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780719078736
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719078736.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phil Edwards, author