THE YOUNG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND THE PUBLIC OPINION IN ITALY DURING THE ’68

2018-05-16T02:40:54Z (GMT) by Antonella Cagnolati

Abstract One of the most representative examples of the new social movements that emerged during the long 60's were student mobilizations, mainly university students, that were developed in Europe and America, with the purpose of dynamizing, democratizing and making fair, free the Western society. Especially intense was the wave of 1968, which achieved international dimensions and a great media and social impact, to the point of becoming an icon, between myth and reality, in collective symbolic imaginaries and memory. In this article the representations of the University and the youth in the Italian collective imaginaries configured by the daily press are deepened, paying special attention to the organization, the demands, the motivations and the aspirations of the mobilizations of the university students, who were the protagonists of the revolution of the ’68 and the artifices, at last, of the changes operated in the universities. The sources handled in this study are constituted by the editorials, opinion articles and interviews on the subject published in the main Italian newspaper of national diffusion during ’68: il Corriere della Sera.