Edition: 2022
Pages: 272
Series: SS
ISBN: 9788858147597

Lombroso Galaxy

Livio Sansone


AST (Russian)



Cesare Lombroso was one of the Italian intellectuals with the greatest influence on social policies around the world. At the end of the 19th century, Latin America in particular went crazy for his theories: it seemed that the magic formula to defuse racial or class conflicts had been found. Thus, in Brazil, Argentina and Cuba, a veritable cult developed for the category of the 'born criminal', for 'physiognomy', with a very strong influence on the repressive, prison systems as well as on racial relations in these countries. A cultural phenomenon of enormous relevance and so far forgotten, very important today to understand a lot about the origins of racism.

The author

Livio Sansone

Livio Sansone (Palermo, Italy, 1956) got his PhD from the University of Amsterdam (1992).Sansone has been living in Brazil since 1992, where he is full professor of anthropology at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). He is the head of the Factory of Ideas Program – an advanced international course in ethnic and African studies – and coordinates the Digital Museum of African and Afro-Brazilian Heritage. He has published extensively on youth culture, ethnicity, inequalities, international transit of ideas of race and antiracism, anthropology and colonialism, globalization and heritage with research based in the UK, Holland, Suriname, Brazil, Italy and, recently, Cape Verde, Senegal, Mozambique and Guinea Bissau.

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