Welfare, the Social, and the Individual in Interwar Italy

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Essay Excerpt

Thus, my goal here and elsewhere (Horn 1987) has been to examine the playing out of modern practices of government in a particular time and place, within the limits set by the cultural, social, economic, and political relations that characterized fascist Italy. I have examined welfare measures as a set of social practices to see what they reveal about the operations of power, and about the cultural construction of categories that continue to inform our thinking and action, especially in the social sciences. (Horn, 396)

About the Author

David Horn is an Adjunct Professor of Comparative Studies at the Ohio State University. Recently he has been selected as secretary to Board of Trustees at the Ohio State University. Horn is an expert in the history of the human sciences (anthropology, criminology, psychiatry and medicine) in Italy and France. His publications include Social Bodies: Science, Reproduction, and Italian Modernity (Princeton University Press, 1996), The Criminal Body: Lombroso and the Anatomy of Deviance (Routledge, 2003) and numerous articles and book chapters.

Horn has been active in faculty leadership, including election to two terms in the University Senate, where he chaired the steering committee, the rules committee and the committee for the evaluation of central administrators. He also chaired the University Honors Faculty Advisory Committee, and was a member of a number of committees promoting interdisciplinary research and teaching. 

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