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On the Edge of Penal Colonies: Castiadas (Sardinia) and the “Redemption” of the Land

Si segnala la pubblicazione dell’articolo di Francesca Di Pasquale, On the Edge of Penal Colonies: Castiadas (Sardinia) and the “Redemption” of the Land, in «International Review of Social History», Volume 64, Issue 3, Special Theme “Dissecting Sites of Punishment: Penal Colonies and Their Borders”, eds. by Francesca Di Pasquale, Zhanna Popova, 2019, pp. 427-444.


The article analyses the development of agricultural penal colonies in Italy, focusing on their margins and borders. The first section focuses on Italy’s frontier with overseas territories that was assumed in discussion of the location of penal colonies following Italian unification. The article also highlights some of the factors behind the effective lack of deportation and transportation of Italians overseas. The second section explores Italy’s largest agricultural penal colony, Castiadas, in Sardinia and, more generally, the borders between convicts and free citizens and between penal territory and free territory. My thesis is that penal colonies were partly designed to discipline populations in adjacent territories and that their economic and social organization served as a development model for rural Italy more widely.

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