Mobility history. A critical study about the origins, evolution and weaknesses of the discipline in the Italian context

Author/s Simone Fari
Publishing Year 2021 Issue 2021/295 Language Italian
Pages 22 P. 99-120 File size 166 KB
DOI 10.3280/IC2021-295005
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Throughout history, dramatic and traumatic events have often been the starting point for some methodological and historiographical reflections. This article is, at the same time, a review of the literature and a methodological and historiographical provocation. The purpose of this article is twofold. On the one hand, the paper highlights the mobilities paradigm is not incompatible with historical analysis. Indeed, historians interested in transport, migration and movements should well receive this paradigm. On the other hand, we want to show that the Italian social and historical sciences are a virgin ground for the spread of such an approach, since the mobilities paradigm has been largely neglected. For this reason, the article is an implicit invitation to transport history scholars to delve deeper into the methodological meanders of the mobility sciences.

Keywords: Mobility, History, Mobilities paradigm

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Simone Fari, La storia della mobilità. Uno studio critico sulle origini, l’evoluzione della disciplina e le carenze della letteratura italiana in "ITALIA CONTEMPORANEA" 295/2021, pp 99-120, DOI: 10.3280/IC2021-295005