Una postmetropoli incompleta: il contesto socio-spaziale di Palermo

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Abstract

Palermo is the most populated and important city of Sicily, and the fifth most populated city in Italy. Although it is widely known for its marginality and the presence of criminal organizations (mafia), Palermo has long played a key role in the Mediterranean basin. One of the traditional clichés connected to Palermo and Sicily is that its people has developed a passive attitude as a consequence of the many foreign dominations of the island (starting from its foundation, Palermo has been ruled by the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Arabs, the Normans, the French, and the Spanish). As for all clichés, this one is partly true, but cannot be considered the only reason that explains the complex situation of Palermo.The article presents some data regarding the tesserae of Palermo. Data are divided into two sections: a socio-economic outlook describing the characteristics of demography, employment and income in Western Sicily; a spatial analysis of housing and land use. Each section describes the most consolidated trends in this area, but also discusses the most innovative changes and the challenges this area is facing in the last years. The final section points out some concluding remarks and puts the Palermo case within the theoretical framework of the post-metropolitan discourse in Italy.
Lingua originaleItalian
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteTransizioni postmetropolitane. Declinazioni locali delle dinamiche posturbane in Sicilia
Pagine163-184
Numero di pagine22
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018

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