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Patrilinearity, Race, and ldentity:The Upbringing of Italo-Eritreans during Italian Colonialism

  • Giulia Barrera
Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)

Abstract

In 1940, the “Norms Concerning Children of Mixed Race” (law of May 13, 1940, n. 822) prohibited Italians from acknowledging the children they had had with Africans and from helping to support them; as for the “mixed-race” children (meticci), the Norms assigned them the juridical status of colonial subjects.1 This law was the culmination of a campaign against “the plague of miscegenation” that arose after the Ethiopian conquest in 1935–1936. It marked a distinct change from preceding policies, under fascist rule as well as liberal-era governments. Indeed, up to that point, the government had not only allowed Italian men to acknowledge and support the children they had with African women: it had encouraged them to do so, and children acknowledged by their Italian fathers had acquired Italian citizenship automatically. Moreover, a law of 1933 had created the possibility for “mixed-race” children unacknowledged by their fathers to obtain Italian citizenship also.2 This law gave legal force to the practice of assimilating unacknowledged Italo-Eritrean children into the Italian community, which colonial governments had sanctioned in practice since 1917.

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African Woman Mixed Race Colonial Government Italian Woman Colonial Setting 
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