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Formal and Informal Housing in Today’s City

  • Domenica Farinella
  • Pietro Saitta
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Abstract

This chapter discusses how the construction of urban public and private space in the city of Messina followed lines of intervention that, from post-earthquake reconstruction onwards, relegated marginalized subjects to specific areas of the city, and housed them in specific types of accommodation in order to make the most of ground rent, favor speculative building by large landowners and build patronage networks. This is a process of marginalization that resulted from public policies, but, in common discourse, it is embodied in the unacceptable formula of a “shanty culture”. Against such wisdom, and by means of in-depth interviews, the study reveals how, in the face of this sort of symbolic violence, such marginalized population puts into practice social mobility strategies, geared toward owning their own home and reproducing middle-class lifestyles.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Domenica Farinella
    • 1
  • Pietro Saitta
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento ScipogUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento CospecsUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly

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