Milanese Encounters: Public Space and Vision in Contemporary Urban Italy

Milanese Encounters: Public Space and Vision in Contemporary Urban Italy

by Cristina Moretti

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In a city driven by fashion and design, visibility and invisibility are powerful forces. Milanese Encounters examines how the acts of looking, recognizing, and being seen reflect social relations and power structures in contemporary Milan.

Cristina Moretti’s ethnographic study reveals how the meanings of Milan’s public spaces shift as the city’s various inhabitants use, appropriate, and travel through them. Moretti’s extensive fieldwork covers international migrants, social justice organizations, and middle-class citizens groups in locations such as community centers, abandoned industrial areas, and central plazas and streets. Situated at the intersection of urban and visual anthropology, her work will challenge and inspire scholars in anthropology, urban studies, and other fields.

Contributing to studies of urban Italy, neoliberalism, and immigration, Milanese Encounters is a welcome demonstration of ethnography’s potential to analyse the connections and divisions created by complex modern cities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442620735
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 03/27/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,026,742
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Cristina Moretti teaches in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University.

Table of Contents

1. Orientations
2. Milan
3. The Agora of the City
4. Spatial Politics
5. Creating Spaces, Constructing Selves
6. Entangled (In)visibilities
7. Walking with Women: Vision and Gender in the City
8. Places and Stages: Vision and Performance in Public Space
Conclusion: Into the Future

What People are Saying About This

Andrea Muehlebach

Milanese Encounters is full of wonderful ethnographic descriptions, interesting observations, and evocative analytical threads. Among the innumerable studies of immigration in Europe, Moretti’s book, with its focus on contemporary European urban and spatial politics and its experimental writing style, is an original and unique contribution.”

Sharon Roseman

“A fine addition to the ethnographic literature on contemporary Europe, Milanese Encounters showcases the value of anthropological fieldwork methods and experimental ethnographic writing. This book is a model for other researchers on how to conduct fieldwork in large, complex cities.”

Tanya Richardson

“A well-researched and compelling portrait of Milanese engagements with public space, this evocatively written ethnographic study will appeal to scholars interested in urban ethnography, performance, visual culture, and multiculturalism in European cities.”

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