Public housing suburbs are often an important element in reshaping the social and spatial geography of the city. This article is based on the study of two areas of public housing in Livorno: an historical and a more recent one. In Livorno social housing has led the urban development and the concentration of homogeneous groups of inhabitants. We report some results of an ethnographic research reconstructing how the spatial separation interacts with social relations of inhabitants of physically and socially peripheral areas. This kind of so called weak suburbs, despite possible trajectories of change, present complex patterns of problems. Attention has also been paid to the way concepts of neighborhood, suburb and community are merged in different combinations in the two areas, highlighting the «neighborhood effect», segregation, and encapsulation forms.

Nuove e vecchie periferie popolari. Una ricerca etnografica in due aree di edilizia residenziale pubblica

B. Saracino
2013

Abstract

Public housing suburbs are often an important element in reshaping the social and spatial geography of the city. This article is based on the study of two areas of public housing in Livorno: an historical and a more recent one. In Livorno social housing has led the urban development and the concentration of homogeneous groups of inhabitants. We report some results of an ethnographic research reconstructing how the spatial separation interacts with social relations of inhabitants of physically and socially peripheral areas. This kind of so called weak suburbs, despite possible trajectories of change, present complex patterns of problems. Attention has also been paid to the way concepts of neighborhood, suburb and community are merged in different combinations in the two areas, highlighting the «neighborhood effect», segregation, and encapsulation forms.
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