Global Rome: Changing Faces of the Eternal City

Is 21st-century Rome a world urban? Is it a part of Europe’s center or outer edge? This quantity examines the “real city” past Rome's ancient middle, exploring the variety and demanding situations of existence in neighborhoods laid low with immigration, neoliberalism, formal city making plans, and grassroots social events. The individuals interact with issues of latest city studies–the international urban, the self-made urban, replacement modernities, capital towns and international locations, city swap from lower than, and sustainability. Global Rome serves as a provocative creation to the everlasting urban and makes an unique contribution to interdisciplinary scholarship.

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The City. London: The Free Press. Part I Rome: The Local and the Global City This page intentionally left blank 1 Diversely Global Rome Bjørn Thomassen and Piero Vereni Urban Global Theory and the “Roman Question” In Rome today, native-born Italians rub shoulders in daily life with immigrants from wildly different origins: Romanians and eastern Europeans who work in construction; Chinese men (and some women) running garment shops at the market of Piazza Vittorio; Bangladeshis working in restaurants and phone centers.

Rome in Recent History: Frictions of Modernity Rome was not chosen as capital of Italy in 1871 because it was perceived as modern or avant-garde, quite the contrary. Already in the fourth century ad, Rome had seen street lighting; by 1870, there was none of the kind. By European but also North Italian standards, Rome was both an economically and politically “backward” area ruled by the papacy. The choice of Rome was based on symbolic more than political and economic reasons. Within Italy, Rome was the only potential capital that could boast a truly national reach.

Introduction | 17 Notes 1. There was, for example, a striking lack of national flags flying from windows and balconies compared to many towns in the north. 2. There used to be twenty, but one was eliminated in the 1970s, and four more were incorporated into neighboring municipi in 2013. References Agnew, John A. 1995. Rome. : John Wiley and Sons. Anderson, Benedict. 1985. Imagined communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London: Verso Ed. Babonaux, Anne-Marie Seronde. 1983.

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