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Vulnerabilità e territorio: alcune direttrici di ricerca
Author/s: Marco Castrignano 
Year:  2000 Issue: 62 Language: Italian 
Pages:  8 FullText PDF:  31 KB

This paper focuses on the significance of territory-making in studies on vulnerability, a concept that has emerged as one of the key elements in interpreting situations of extreme poverty. Two components of territory-making are dealt with: the concepts of privacy and of domesticity linked with housing, and that of social relations in the territory as a component of the context of where the housing is situated. It is underlined how these two areas potentially constitute different, but complementary, "circles of protection" that can slow down the processes involved in falling from vulnerability into forms of extreme poverty. Finally, the importance is stressed, on the one hand, of the environmental conditions the subject lives in, and on the other, the individual capacities to use available resources to understand the situations of vulnerability present in the territory.

Marco Castrignano, in "SOCIOLOGIA URBANA E RURALE" 62/2000, pp. , DOI:


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