Arkielämän reittejä ja menneisyyden maisemia eteläitalialaisessa lähiössä

The Routes of Everyday Life and the Landscapes of the Past in a South Italian Suburb

In Pozzuoli, a town bordering Naples in southern Italy, suburbs are inhabited by people evacuated from the historical centre because of seismic dangers. For these people there is an intertwining of connections woven in time (between the past and the present) and in space (the old town and the suburb). In the article, the themes of multilocality and place-making are looked at from two perspectives. First, the practices of everyday life, especially the movement of women, are seen as contested ways of inhabiting the peripheral suburb and making history. The point at issue is the relation between the inside and the outside, which can be differently constructed, interpreted and evaluated. Second, it is argued that spatial idioms abound in social memory. Through spatial images, social differences are petrified in urban space. The past milieux of social marginality then become landmarks of the present situation. Simultaneously, social divisions are defied through the complexity of significant places in the old town. Thus, social marginality can be differently contextualized or even denied. Practiced space and spatialized history are embedded in moral landscapes that are made of connections.

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