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Neighbourhood events and the visibilisation of everyday life : The cases of Turro (Milan) and Norra Fäladen (Lund)

Citroni, Sebastiano and Kärrholm, Mattias LU (2017) In European Urban and Regional Studies p.1-15
Abstract
While scholars agree on the reasons behind the current proliferation of urban, small-scale, pre-organised events, the implication of these events for public life is more controversial, and involves polarised debates between enthusiasts and critics. This paper develops an international comparison between one city district in Milan (Italy) and one in Lund (Sweden), in order to explore how the variety of events that took place there between 2013 and 2015 possibly affected the local and on-going everyday public life. In both cases, the observed events aimed to de-stigmatise the broader urban districts in which they were staged, as well as to enhance a vibrant urban life in relatively disadvantaged areas. In the study, we identify three... (More)
While scholars agree on the reasons behind the current proliferation of urban, small-scale, pre-organised events, the implication of these events for public life is more controversial, and involves polarised debates between enthusiasts and critics. This paper develops an international comparison between one city district in Milan (Italy) and one in Lund (Sweden), in order to explore how the variety of events that took place there between 2013 and 2015 possibly affected the local and on-going everyday public life. In both cases, the observed events aimed to de-stigmatise the broader urban districts in which they were staged, as well as to enhance a vibrant urban life in relatively disadvantaged areas. In the study, we identify three different ways in which these events make the public character of everyday life visible, and even redefine patterns of urban civility. The main argument deriving from our comparative ethnography is that the salience of events in the everyday life that they supposedly disrupt can be analytically addressed by developing a pragmatist approach to public space, discussing it in terms of territorial complexity. (Less)
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everyday life, ethnography, public space, urban events, pragmatism
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  abstract     = {While scholars agree on the reasons behind the current proliferation of urban, small-scale, pre-organised events, the implication of these events for public life is more controversial, and involves polarised debates between enthusiasts and critics. This paper develops an international comparison between one city district in Milan (Italy) and one in Lund (Sweden), in order to explore how the variety of events that took place there between 2013 and 2015 possibly affected the local and on-going everyday public life. In both cases, the observed events aimed to de-stigmatise the broader urban districts in which they were staged, as well as to enhance a vibrant urban life in relatively disadvantaged areas. In the study, we identify three different ways in which these events make the public character of everyday life visible, and even redefine patterns of urban civility. The main argument deriving from our comparative ethnography is that the salience of events in the everyday life that they supposedly disrupt can be analytically addressed by developing a pragmatist approach to public space, discussing it in terms of territorial complexity.},
  author       = {Citroni, Sebastiano and Kärrholm, Mattias},
  issn         = {0969-7764},
  keyword      = {everyday life,ethnography,public space,urban events,pragmatism},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {1--15},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {European Urban and Regional Studies},
  title        = {Neighbourhood events and the visibilisation of everyday life : The cases of Turro (Milan) and Norra Fäladen (Lund)},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1177/0969776417719489},
  year         = {2017},
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