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Messina Today: Representation, Identity, and Mobilization for Change

  • Domenica Farinella
  • Pietro Saitta
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Abstract

Starting from an analysis of the public discourse, identitarian representations, and practices, this chapter aims to show that stereotypical and essentialist representations can sometimes be changed, challenged, adapted, and politically activated by the subaltern in order to make specific claims and can also often be reversed. In particular, this chapter analyzes the objectivation strategies put in place by the “outsiders” (those who do not live in the slums), in line with their role (journalists, politicians, strangers, or the citizens of Messina), and the tactics used by the slum residents to resist, subvert, or exploit such stereotypical representations according to their needs and the political framework in a given time.

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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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