Italian Cityscapes: Culture and Urban Change in Italy from the 1950s to the Present

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This book examines the transformation of the Italian city from the 1950s to the present with particular attention to questions of identity, migration and changes in urban culture. It focuses on two phases of that transformation: the years of accelerated industrialisation in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the period of de-industrialisation and postmodernity beginning in the 1980s.

 

It shows how major demographic movements and cultural shifts threw into relief new ...

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Overview

This book examines the transformation of the Italian city from the 1950s to the present with particular attention to questions of identity, migration and changes in urban culture. It focuses on two phases of that transformation: the years of accelerated industrialisation in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the period of de-industrialisation and postmodernity beginning in the 1980s.

 

It shows how major demographic movements and cultural shifts threw into relief new conceptions of the city whose old boundaries had become problematic. Design, fine art, literature, youth culture, film and social history all provide focal points. The contributions bring specialist expertise to each area, while the extensive illustrations give a vivid picture of the contemporary visual culture for which Italian cities are famed.

 

This is a genuinely interdisciplinary approach by Italian and English-speaking historians and scholars of urban studies, literature, architecture and design which introduces new debates and research to an English-speaking audience for the first time. Extensive illustrations provide a vivid picture of contemporary Italian visual culture.

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“An innovative collection of essays by an impressive range of contributors. There is a need for this book. It will have several audiences and a wide ‘cross-over’ appeal.” –Martin Brown, Senior Lecturer in History, Staffordshire University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859897365
  • Publisher: University of Exeter Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: None Ser.
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.68 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Lumley is Professor of Italian Cultural History, University College London. He is editor, with Jonathan Morris, of The New History of the Italian South: The Mezzogiorno Revisited (UEP, 1997) and, with D. Forgacs, of Italian Cultural Studies (OUP, 1996).

John Foot is Lecturer in Italian History, University College London.  He is the author of Milan since the Miracle: City, Culture and Identity (Berg, 2001) and Modern Italy (Palgrave, 2003).

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Table of Contents

Signposts : an introduction 1
1 Through the looking-glass : research on the Italian city in historical perspective 15
2 The two waves : Milan as a city of immigration, 1955-1995 31
3 Revisiting the Coree : self-construction, memory and immigration on the Milanese periphery, 1950-2000 46
4 Immigration, nationalism and exclusionary understandings of place in Turin 61
5 Architectural utopias and La Nuova Dimensione : Turin in the 1960s 77
6 Architecture and modernity in post-war Milan 90
7 Turin after Arte Povera : a new city of art? 100
8 Contested claims to public space : the re-imaging of Naples and the case of Piazza Plebiscito 114
9 Calvino in Turin : writer and editor 129
10 Crime and the city in the detective fiction of Giorgio Scerbanenco 144
11 Imaginary cities : space and identity in Italian literature of immigration 156
12 Scenarios of modernity : youth culture in 1950s Milan 169
13 Palermo in the films of Cipri and Maresco 185
14 Adriati-citta : notes on a post-industrial landscape 199
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