About Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi

Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi is Professor of Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara. Intellectual and research interests mainly fall within the areas of politics and culture. More specifically, she is concerned with studying the political as a site of cultural discourse, cultural identity, and cultural production. She is the author of Fascist Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Power in Mussolini’s Italy and Rethinking the Political: The Sacred, Aesthetic Politics, and the Collège de Sociologie. 

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The politics of aesthetics: Mussolini and fascist Italy

For politics not to be a dirty word that reflected the failing political class’s capacity for endless debates and conservative behaviour, it had to play a role much more active and daring; politics was supposed to change a society’s whole way of living and thinking.

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