Dieci tesi per uno studio semiotico della città. Appunti, osservazioni, proposte

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[automatically translated] Studying the city, examine, interpret, represent it, talking about it is the duty and desire for anyone, always, anywhere: inside and outside the academic walls and literary circles, movie studios and the toilets of the departments, the painters' workshops and brainstorming advertising , the workshops of the philosophers and psychoanalysts sunbeds. The city expands and focuses in many ways, going from the most empirical manifestations and immediate to the more figurative and conceptual, only to mean everything and its opposite: the culture or nature; the order and disorder; civilization or barbarism; the reason or affection; good manners or the loss of education and so on. It depends, obviously, from the with / text in which it appears. Merely (!?) To the humanities and social sciences, the list of areas of study in which it is being investigated is very long: ethnology and sociology, urban planning and architecture, philosophy and design, geography and planning, not to mention those cultural studies, literary and artistic examining the city in the second degree, one configured and rifigurata in poetic and media texts, and then to realize that between represented and representing the hierarchy often reverses, to the point of disappearing any actual enunciative level difference. What then, if there is, semiotics specific to the study of the city? How the science of signification can pinpoint and interpret such an object of reflection and analysis to the point of redesign in part or in whole, by redefining forms and procedures? in this regard there are now several studies, Now general now detailed analysis, so that a semiotic bibliography on the city now boasts a considerable number of titles, from the pioneering work of Barthes, Greimas, Lotman, De Certeau and Marin until the very recent conferences, meetings and seminars, thanks to several empirical research in progress, have increased in different universities, not only in Italy (cf.. Brown and Pezzini 2006, 2008; Leone 2009; Brown 2009). Objective of this paper is to try to bring order to the existing material, sharing almost from the start, by identifying the key moments - and critical points - that have gradually emerged in semiotic studies on the city, and especially for difference from other perspectives of study. More than a history or geography of the problem, the textual genre that I would use here is that, while urgent, and programmatic, argued the list of theoretical theses, urgent - I think - because it combines the need for synthesis with that of clarity, at the risk of cutting without restraint topics and issues that with other argumentative form, perhaps they emerge in all their problematic nuanced. The aim is to isolate and break up a labor camp in which an object at first glance obvious and shared that it is, in fact, the city deserves to be once again identified and defined. For this, the ten theses for a semiotic study of the city I try to propose are in eleven effects, there being a need for a kind of zero thesis that before every high thing positions semiotic look over other possible. while urgent, and programmatic, argued the list of theoretical theses, urgent - I think - because it combines the need for synthesis with that of clarity, at the risk of cutting without restraint topics and issues with other form of argument, perhaps emerge in all their problematic nuanced. The aim is to isolate and break up a labor camp in which an object at first glance obvious and shared that it is, in fact, the city deserves to be once again identified
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)11-46
Number of pages35
JournalVS
Volume109-111
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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