Franco Basaglia and the radical psychiatry movement in Italy, 1961–78

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This article provides a short introduction to the life and work of Italian radical psychiatrist and mental health reformer Franco Basaglia. A leading figure in the democratic psychiatry movement, Basaglia is little known and often misunderstood in the English-speaking world. This article will seek to address this by highlighting Basaglia's significant role in the struggle for both deinstitutionalisation and the human rights of those incarcerated in Italy's asylums during the 1960s and 1970s.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-249
Number of pages15
JournalCritical and Radical Social Work
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


  • anti-psychiatry
  • deinstitutionalisation
  • human rights
  • Italy
  • Franco Basaglia


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