Università degli studi di Bologna, Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e sociali
I loved her so much, but I killed her. Romantic love as a representational frame for intimate parnter femicide in three Italian newspapers
Prof. Pina Lalli
In Italy law has accepted “honour crimes” perpetrated by men until little more than 30 years ago. As cultural dimensions are often slower to change, it is interesting to analyze the capacity to account for femicides in the press in a period in which the topic has become more and more relevant all over Europe. Building on existing literature, this study explores how three major Italian newspapers frame crimes of intimate partner femicide. Using 166 articles published in 2012, the authors examine by a thematic analysis conducted along different items which aspects are conveyed by the news to account for the 53 intimate partner femicides reported in the press in this period. Findings suggest that while Italian news media heavily rely on narratives of love and passion to frame intimate partner homicide, asocial discourse justifying the “loss of control” it is also used tosustain representation of femicides as crimes impossible to be prevented or predicted.