Working and Dreaming at the Margins of the City

  • Domenica Farinella
  • Pietro Saitta


This chapter discusses how subjects belonging to subaltern classes have made use of the gaps left open by local powers, to access forms of fragmented and unstable social mobility. Through biographical analyses, this part of the study provides some reflections on the subaltern condition in the city of Messina and, to some extent, in southern Italy as a whole. The studied biographies appear individualistic and liminal, suspended as they are between the legal and illegal, and seen alongside an order which can ultimately be defined as mafioso. The study puts forward the idea that these existential paths and the connected visions should be seen as intimately political processes—aimed at moderating asymmetries and structural injustices—as well as the outcome of emotional processes characterized by the systematic frustration of aspirations and desires.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Domenica Farinella
    • 1
  • Pietro Saitta
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento ScipogUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento CospecsUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly

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