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Between two stages: Rita Pavone and i giovani on Studio Uno (1961–1966)

Brioni, Cecilia


Cecilia Brioni


This article analyses how Italian young people were represented in the Saturday night television programme Studio Uno (1961–1966). It defines i giovani as a performative identity: i giovani are not described as a specific age group, but rather as a normative identity constructed in popular media through the reiteration of bodily practices defined in opposition to ‘adult’ practices. Firstly, the article connects the emergence of discourses around i giovani with the educative function of RAI. Secondly, it outlines to what extent 1965 can be considered a turning point for representations of i giovani in Italian media. Thirdly, it compares the two young Studio Uno 1966 co-hosts Mina and Rita Pavone, to highlight the practices through which the latter was constructed as giovane. Lastly, the article suggests how the giovane identity was presented to an audience of adults and youths respectively through a different spatialisation of giovani performers on the show.


Brioni, C. (2017). Between two stages: Rita Pavone and i giovani on Studio Uno (1961–1966). Italian Studies, 72(4), 414-427.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 7, 2016
Online Publication Date Sep 5, 2017
Publication Date Oct 2, 2017
Deposit Date Nov 19, 2018
Publicly Available Date Mar 6, 2019
Journal Italian Studies
Print ISSN 0075-1634
Electronic ISSN 1748-6181
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 72
Issue 4
Pages 414-427
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