no. 57, November 2020

Fear the city

a cura di / edited by // Elisabetta Risi, Riccardo Pronzato & Cristina Mattiucci

The special issue aims to bring together different perspectives to explore the manifold links between fear and city.
Putting itself along a research path that has interdisciplinary roots in scholars who have explored dangers and conflicts of the urban condition, from its beginning and within its different shapes – from the compact city, to the suburb, to the metropolis – the special issue is open to explore and critically discuss contemporary fears as a device to interpret and shape urban life. Indeed, by observing how fear regulates and orients the experiences in and of urban environments, the issue encourages critical heuristic processes: fear can be a significant tool to thoroughly investigate social phenomena or personal and collective emotions which take on a crucial role in understanding social practices in the urban space.
More specifically, fear has significant influences on how public and private spaces are conceived, structured, and designed, as well as on individual and collective behaviors. Proposals are driven to focus to the other concepts coming up from this.

Urban security, for instance, with all its ambivalent and wide field (e.g. from controlling public social events, to preventing epidemics, to managing public spaces and so on), have become a target of urban and social policies, which reshape and categorize people relationships. Current governmental approaches to urban security tend to divide cities into several comfort zones, based on class, gender, ethnicity, thereby creating manifest or invisible boundaries.
Within this framework, the special issue welcomes papers focussing on a wide range of the topics, from the material or immaterial features of its managing/making public and private spaces, to the role of politics and media in addressing urban fear(s). Moreover, by understanding fear (also) as an instrument of power, the issue is open to scholars who would like to critically present anti-fear and counter-control actions.

Thus, we invite scholars to explore the embedded or contradictory features of the relationship between urban fear and urban life and the key questions they address. lo Squaderno welcomes both theoretical and empirical reflections. Inter- and cross-disciplinary thinking is encouraged and contributions from different research areas are welcome.



| Deadline for submissions | 15 September 2020

| Article Size | 2,000 words

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