Dai senza dimora ai nonluoghi della povertà urbana estrema

Author/s Giovanni Pieretti
Publishing Year 1 Issue 2000/62
Language Italian Pages 10 P. File size 38 KB
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While there is no doubt that the homeless, those living in extreme urban poverty, undergo forms of vulnerability, this paper puts forward the hypothesis that today new subjects are exposed to this phenomenon: part of the middle classes, who have expectations of a high and steady income and consumption, living in the non-place of the Americanized periurban belt. Due to a lack of moral life and normative orientation, people belonging to this social group can «crack» when confronted with the smallest problem, as they have no ability to face sacrifices and frustrations. Their relationship with space is symbolically disconnected, and such inhabitants of the periurban belts are unable to build «mental maps» which would allow them to make sense of their territory.

Giovanni Pieretti, Dai senza dimora ai nonluoghi della povertà urbana estrema in "SOCIOLOGIA URBANA E RURALE" 62/2000, pp , DOI: