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Occupations of Housing and Social Centers in Rome: A Durable Resistance to Neoliberalism and Institutionalization

  • Pierpaolo Mudu
  • Luisa Rossini
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Part of the The Contemporary City book series (TCONTCI)

Abstract

Squatting for housing and social centers has a long tradition in Rome since the end of the 1960s. By the mid-1970s, the occupation of buildings to set up political and social activities became part of the repertoire of left radical movements. In this chapter a set of 34 squatted spaces for housing and social centers in Rome active in 2014 is analysed. Squatting practices thus provide a lens to interpret the evolution of urban struggles, urban development and the changing sociopolitical contexts. Furthermore, Mudu and Rossini examine the role played by the processes of neutralization, co-optation, normalization and contention that explain the institutionalization of squatting in the city of Rome.

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Acknowledgements

Pierpaolo Mudu is responsible for the writing of sections ‘Squatting and changing sociopolitical contexts’ and ‘Structure and features of the Roman squats: Interview and survey results’. Luisa Rossini wrote sections ‘Neoliberal urban strategies and squatting legitimacy’ and ‘Reappropriation of urban spaces and institutionalization’. Both wrote the introduction, section ‘Resistance to the denial of housing rights’ and conclusions. We are grateful to SSCs Centocelle Aperte and Scup for their support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierpaolo Mudu
    • 1
  • Luisa Rossini
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Washington TacomaTacomaUSA
  2. 2.University of PalermoPalermoItaly
  3. 3.Technical University of BerlinBerlinGermany

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