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Title: Quando parlano le silenti. Le testimonianze delle domestiche delle Valli del Natisone
Authors: Mlekuz, Jernej
Keywords: Slavia friulanaemigrationhousemaidsdomestic workerstestimoniesSlavia friulanaemigrazionedomestichetestimonianze
Issue Date: Jun-2016
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Jernej Mlekuz, "Quando parlano le silenti. Le testimonianze delle domestiche delle Valli del Natisone", in "Qualestoria. Rivista di storia contemporanea. Anno XLIV, N.ro 1, Giugno 2016. Sconfinamenti storiografici e attraversamenti di confini", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2016, pp. 65-80
Part of: Qualestoria. Rivista di storia contemporanea. Anno XLIV, N.ro 1, Giugno 2016. Sconfinamenti storiografici e attraversamenti di confini
Abstract: 
The so-called dikle – girls from the region of Slavia friulana who used to work in Italian cities as
housemaids in many cases didn’t understand their work as «maledet», cursed and «schiavitù»,
slavery. At least this is what they tell us today, long decades later when the experience, meanings,
testimonies have been covered by a lot of ubiquitous dust; the dust we cannot completely blow
away, clean, remove in order to come to the original sparkle (of the original experience). And yet,
this is the only voice – no matter how muted – that can stand up against the voice of authority that
has resounded for half a century. Some girls, as personal testimonies tell us, were also looking for
an «adventure», a change in life, at least partial financial, economic independence, they wanted
and tried (at least partly) to shake off the shackles of a patriarchal family, to replace hard farm
work with the more attractive duties of an urban household, wanted to get to the city where they
could admire and desire shiny shoes in the window, although they usually couldn’t afford them.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/21237
ISSN: 0393-6082
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
Appears in Collections:Qualestoria. Rivista di storia contemporanea. Anno XLIV, N.ro 1, Giugno 2016

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