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By Victoria De Grazia

The efforts of fascism to shape a 'culture of consent,' or form depoliticized actions, in Italy among the area wars, make a different portrait of fascist political strategies. Professor de Grazia specializes in the dopolavoro or fascist leisure-time association, the most important of the regime's mass associations. She lines its sluggish upward thrust in significance for the consolidation of fascist rule; its unfold within the kind of millions of neighborhood golf equipment into each area of city and rural lifestyles; and its overwhelming impression at the distribution, intake, and personality of all types of leisure targets - from activities and grownup schooling to videos, touring theaters, radio, and tourism. the writer exhibits how fascism used to be capable, among 1926 and 1939, to construct a brand new definition of the general public sphere. Recasting the general public sphere entailed meting out with conventional classification and politically outlined modes of organizing these social roles and wishes latest outdoor the place of work.

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However, unlike the traditional lodges, or the circoli dei civili common in the South, or the "sterile academies and so-called popular cultural associations" execrated by the Neapolitan syndicalists, the dopolavoro claimed to offer a practical education. This endeavor was to be supported by such modern facilities as a popular library containing reading materials on local industry and furnished with a slide projector, "intellectual refreshment centers," special bulletins on culture, sports, and a social service fund - all of which were to be financed by contributions from banks and industries, special fund-raising benefits, and membership contributions.

Even the more easily intimidated rural laborers were restive; wildcat 31 The culture of consent: mass organization in fascist Italy strikes during May in the most powerful of the fascist trade union federations at Bologna called into question the CNSF's ability to control its own disgruntled following in agriculture. At the third meeting of the National Council of the Corporations, convened on 23 May 1924, the syndicalists agreed that the time had come for the state to intervene on their behalf by sanctioning a single compulsory national union, with sole power to bargain with employers.

58 Inevitably, a basic conflict was raised between what was thought proper for women "in the national interest," and what women saw developing around them and perhaps even wanted for themselves. In practice the OND never confronted this dichotomy.

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