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Territori di confine e rischi di vulnerabilità: due esperienze di ricerca a confronto
Autori/Curatori: Massimo Di Matteo 
Anno di pubblicazione:  2000 Fascicolo: 62 Lingua: Italiano 
Numero pagine:  16 Dimensione file:  48 KB

My contribution to the theme of vulnerability is mostly based on the results of two field studies. Attention is focused on the role of "close links" in preventing the risk of abandonment and decomposition of the self, that is, the danger of arriving at an inability (or reluctance) of the individual to look after himself. I was faced with this matter during two different community studies: firstly in a marginal rural community in Abruzzo (Villa Santa Lucia degli Abruzzi) and secondly in a sub-area of a district in the outskirts of Bologna (San Donato). We are obviously dealing with two very different situations; at first sight a comparison seems impossible, especially because the first case is inside a rural environment that is now fast disappearing, whereas the second is becoming increasingly common for those living not only in western countries but also in other parts of the world. My aim was not merely to compare an urban and a rural environment, but rather to investigate how the «close links» in the two different situations were not the same, even though they play a similar role; in the rural community in question the family is seen as a relational environment offering protection and shelter, while in the second case the community factors such as neighbors are more important

Massimo Di Matteo, in "SOCIOLOGIA URBANA E RURALE" 62/2000, pp. , DOI:


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