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Milanese Encounters

Public Space and Vision in Contemporary Urban Italy

Milanese Encounters examines how the acts of looking, recognizing, and being seen reflect social relations and power structures in contemporary Milan.

Author Information

MorettiCristina :

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


Tanya Richardson, Department of Anthropology, Wilfrid Laurier University:

“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.”

Andrea Muehlebach, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto:

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.”

Sharon Roseman, Department of Anthropology, Memorial University:

“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.”

Audience: College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;