Palermo e la sua area metropolitana: vicende urbanistiche e sociali dal 1860 a oggi

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[automatically translated] In Sicily, like almost everywhere in Italy, cities have very ancient origins. Here however it is not an urban experience due to industrialization, but a dynamic explained by the concentration of the settlement model, which shows that they are very heterogeneous functions of the Sicilian city: place of mere consumption of agricultural income that condensation of commercial and financial skills, as symbolization of control - political and religious - and aristocratic prestige of hegemony and directionality economic and cultural rural hinterland. This is related to the creation and persistence of consolidated large estates until the agrarian reform after World War II, when they take the body of massive urbanization processes to the capital city, and especially towards Palermo, Catania, Messina. Even for cities such as Palermo, the key concept is to sovraurbanizzazione: the city has grown not in operation the increase in labor demand but mostly because of strong labor force ejection processes from the surrounding countryside, where income and the opportunities for innovation are lower than the city. The article traces the urban adventures of Palermo from 1860 to present, in their intertwining with the transformation of its social composition, of the relations between classes, representation and political governance: the pre-unification phase, the period from 1860 to 1925 with significant raw expansion of the city outside the historic walls and the first urban plan with partial demolition of the old town, the fascist period and the first real plan,
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationLe città italiane tra spazio fisico e spazio socio-culturale
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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