Milanese Encounters: Public Space and Vision in Contemporary Urban Italy

By Cristina Moretti

© 2015

In a city driven by fashion and design, visibility and invisibility are powerful forces. Milanese Encounters examines how the acts of looking, recognizing, and being seen reflect social relations and power structures in contemporary Milan.

Cristina Moretti’s ethnographic study reveals how the meanings of Milan’s public spaces shift as the city’s various inhabitants use, appropriate, and travel through them. Moretti’s extensive fieldwork covers international migrants, social justice organizations, and middle-class citizens groups in locations such as community centers, abandoned industrial areas, and central plazas and streets. Situated at the intersection of urban and visual anthropology, her work will challenge and inspire scholars in anthropology, urban studies, and other fields.

Contributing to studies of urban Italy, neoliberalism, and immigration, Milanese Encounters is a welcome demonstration of ethnography’s potential to analyse the connections and divisions created by complex modern cities.

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  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Illustrations: 35
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Milanese Encounters examines how the acts of looking, recognizing, and being seen reflect social relations and power structures in contemporary Milan.

Milanese Encounters: Public Space and Vision in Contemporary Urban Italy

By Cristina Moretti

© 2015

In a city driven by fashion and design, visibility and invisibility are powerful forces. Milanese Encounters examines how the acts of looking, recognizing, and being seen reflect social relations and power structures in contemporary Milan.

Cristina Moretti’s ethnographic study reveals how the meanings of Milan’s public spaces shift as the city’s various inhabitants use, appropriate, and travel through them. Moretti’s extensive fieldwork covers international migrants, social justice organizations, and middle-class citizens groups in locations such as community centers, abandoned industrial areas, and central plazas and streets. Situated at the intersection of urban and visual anthropology, her work will challenge and inspire scholars in anthropology, urban studies, and other fields.

Contributing to studies of urban Italy, neoliberalism, and immigration, Milanese Encounters is a welcome demonstration of ethnography’s potential to analyse the connections and divisions created by complex modern cities.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Illustrations: 35
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    “A fine addition to the ethnographic literature on contemporary Europe, Milanese Encounters showcases the value of anthropological fieldwork methods and experimental ethnographic writing. This book is a model for other researchers on how to conduct fieldwork in large, complex cities.”


    Sharon Roseman, Department of Anthropology, Memorial University

    Milanese Encounters is full of wonderful ethnographic descriptions, interesting observations, and evocative analytical threads. Among the innumerable studies of immigration in Europe, Moretti’s book, with its focus on contemporary European urban and spatial politics and its experimental writing style, is an original and unique contribution.”


    Andrea Muehlebach, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto

    “A well-researched and compelling portrait of Milanese engagements with public space, this evocatively written ethnographic study will appeal to scholars interested in urban ethnography, performance, visual culture, and multiculturalism in European cities.”


    Tanya Richardson, Department of Anthropology, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Author Information

    Cristina Moretti teaches in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction
    1. Orientations
    2. Milan
    3. The Agora of the City
    4. Spatial Politics
    5. Creating Spaces, Constructing Selves
    6. Entangled (In)visibilities
    7. Walking with Women: Vision and Gender in the City
    8. Places and Stages: Vision and Performance in Public Space
    Conclusion: Into the Future

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