New journal article “Naked elites: unveiling embodied markers of superiority through co-performance ethnography in gentrified Brooklyn’s Park Slope”

A new journal article reflecting on performance as the paradigm-driven methodological tool to unveil the hidden, micro-strategies of elite reproduction in the super-gentrified neighborhood of Brooklyn’s Park Slope has now been published on Taylor & Francis Online.

Manzo, Lidia K.C. (2017). Naked elites: unveiling embodied markers of superiority through co-performance ethnography in gentrified Brooklyn’s Park Slope,” in Urban Geography, Vol. 0 , Iss. 0,0. ISSN: 0272-3638 (Print) 1938-2847 (Online). DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2017.1381535

The first 50 readers can get a free copy here‬ ‬

“Naked elites: unveiling embodied markers of superiority through co-performance ethnography in gentrified Brooklyn’s Park Slope”
(c) Lidia K. C. Manzo in Urban Geography (2017)

CFP: Putting the Financialisation of Housing in the ‘Rights’ Place: A Multi-Scalar Perspective

Call for Papers: “Putting the Financialisation of Housing in the ‘Rights’ Place: A Multi-Scalar Perspective”

XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology: ‘Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities’,
RC21 – Research Committee on Regional and Urban Development
Toronto, Canada. 15-21 July 2018


The 2017 UN’s special rapporteur for housing, sets out how unregulated global capital has not only rapidly distorted real estate markets, but has also disconnected housing from its social function of providing a place to live in security and dignity, thus undermining the realization of housing as a human right. The increased intertwining of finance and real estate was a prelude to and intimately bound up with the global economic crisis, yet the post-crash context has been particularly dynamic as new roles are cast for private-equity firms and other financial actors in the ‘for-rent’ residential sector and as states engineer new policies to further affirm the treatment of housing as a financial asset. One upshot of these new financialized visions of housing and of the city more generally has been to accentuate sharply housing accessibility crises and socio-spatial segregation. This session examines the financialization of housing at a variety of scales using a ‘rights’-based framework by inviting papers that address some of the following:

  • How pre- and post-crash processes of housing financialization are forged, governed, contested, experienced and performed?
  • What is the role of local communities? How do they cope with everyday affordability problems in the current climate of welfare state retrenchments, predatory lending practices, displacement and eviction?
  • What roles do state and financial actors play in promoting housing financialization? What are the impacts of the entrance of private-equity companies and REITs as the new asset owners and landlords in post-crash cities?


Lidia K.C. MANZO, and Sinéad KELLY,

Department of Geography at Maynooth University (Ireland)

How to present a paper

Anyone interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract on-line through the centralized Confex website. Abstracts must be submitted in English, French or Spanish. Only abstracts submitted on-line will be considered in the selection process.

Select the Research Committee: RC21 Regional and Urban Development

Select the Session: Putting the Financialisation of Housing in the ‘Rights’ Place: A Multi-Scalar Perspective

Link for on-line submissions:


30 September 2017 (please, notice that only abstracts submitted on-line can be considered for the selection!)

General inquiries can also be directed to the organizers.


New journal article: Video-Ethnography and Critical Research for More Democratic Urbanization

A new journal article reflecting on the notion of urban democracy through a video-ethnographic study of the conflicts that followed the 2007 riots in Milan’s Chinese neighborhood has now been published in Visual Anthropology in Vol. 30/2017, Issue 3: City Visualscapes: Visual Practices of Urban Research.

Manzo, Lidia K.C. (2017). Video-Ethnography and Critical Research for More Democratic Urbanization: The Case of Milan Chinatown,” in Visual Anthropology, , Vol. 30, Issue 3: City Visualscapes: Visual Practices of Urban Research, 206-22. ISSN: 0894-9468 print/1545-5920 online. DOI: 10.1080/08949468.2017.1296295

The first 50 readers can get a free copy here‬ ‬or download the proof copy from this website.

photo-Video Collaborative Ethnography in Urban Spaces. The production of ‘White Eagle’ in the former Italcementi Factory in Trento

A book chapter based on the collaborative video ethnography conducted in the former Italcementi factory in Trento has now been published in Italian in the edited book of Frisina, A. on Visual Methods of Social Research:

Manzo, Lidia K.C.  (2016). “foto-Video Etnografia Collaborativa negli Spazi Urbani. La produzione di ‘Aquila Bianca’ nell’ex-Italcementi di Trento“, in Frisina, A. (ed.), Metodi Visuali di ricerca sociale, Bologna: Il Mulino (pp. 191-210). ISBN: 8815265570

The study draws from the collaborative ethnographic video produced  with refugees, professional filmmakers, photographers and local activists concerned about the precarious living conditions of a group of migrants that make the former Italcementi factory their home. Placing collaboration more systematically throughout both fieldwork and the writing process, the work discusses urban research practice in the light of industrial disinvestment processes in northern Italy.



Governing the city in a post-crisis context: The case of Dublin

A seminar by Niamh Moore-Cherry
(University College Dublin)
Wednesday, April 27th 2016, 12.00 | 13.30
Aula Master, DAStU | 5th floor
School of Architecture Urban Planning and Construction Engineering | Politecnico di Milano


As has been well documented, the year 2008 marked the demise of what had been broadly heralded as the ‘Celtic Tiger’ economic miracle as a triple crisis (financial, fiscal and banking) took hold in Ireland. While much has been written about the banking element, the recent crisis was in large part the result of complex inter-relationships between real-estate, financial, planning and banking interests, concentrated particularly in urban settings. Norris and Byrne (2014) argue that one of the fundamental causes of the crisis in Ireland was planning and housing policy. The failures of the property sector, and the inadequacy of government policy in steering it appropriately, are perhaps best illustrated in the phenomenon of unfinished estates (Kitchin et al., 2014). Fox-Rogers and Murphy (2013) argue however that it is not just planning policy but the operation of planning – both formal and informal  – that demand more intense scrutiny. This paper examines the operation of planning in Dublin before, during and after the crisis. It highlights two key issues facing the development of the city-region today: derelict space and lack of affordable housing supply.  The paper illustrates the poor governance arrangements that underpinned planning in the city before 2008 and considers whether any substantive changes have been made that might impact on addressing the challenges currently faced.

Introduction and discussion: Lidia Manzo – Maynooth University and Politecnico di Milano (DAStU)
Discussants: Guido Anselmi – Università di Milano Bicocca,  Marta Cordini – Politecnico di Milano (DAStU), and Francesca Oleari – Università Cattolica di Milano

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MI GENERATION. New book release announcement: «MI GENERATION. The Governance Programme for Youth Policies of the City of Milan (2013-2014)»

The recent widespread tendency to approach youth policies as an emergency matter within the context of the economic crisis has undermined the attempt to build policies to strengthen the autonomy of young citizens. This attempt consists of cross-policies that are able to spur innovation, networking and opportunities to ease the transition to adult life.
These are the preconditions on which the Youth Department of the Municipality of Milan has participated to the tender promoted by the Regional Government of Lombardy for the creation of a youth policy plan aimed at testing new governance methods, which would both promote participation and representation.
What follows is an analysis of this first experimental governance model, for the years 2013 to 2014, and the result of the joint efforts of the Municipality offices and the four main Universities in Milan. The authors, whilst maintaining a critical point of view on the contemporary youth condition, invite the reader to consider the fundamental role of public institutions in converting the potential of new generations in the city of Milan into positive action within new urban contexts.
A very contemporary analysis, touching upon different relevant areas – studying, working, living, new participation networking forms- and encouraging the debate on new governance models aimed at promoting full participation and community activism in young people.

With an afterword by Giuliano Pisapia, Mayor of Milan city

(Published in Italian)

Copyright © 2015 Comune di Milano
ISBN 978-88-9405-101-8 (pdf)
ISBN 978-88-9405-100-1 (print)


Milano: il sistema delle politiche giovanili
Alessandro Capelli, Delegato del Sindaco di Milano alle Politiche Giovanili

Il “Piano Giovani” della città di Milano: dagli strumenti alla pratica di una governance aperta e partecipata
Lidia Katia C. Manzo, Politiche Giovanili del Comune di Milano

Percorsi di ricerca sulla prima annualità del ‘Piano Giovani’

Il mondo dei giovani e le politiche giovanili a Milano
Maria Grazia Gambardella e Carmen Leccardi, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

Condizioni e prospettive delle nuove generazioni: l’azione pubblica di Mi Generation Camp
Alessandro Rosina e Cristina Pasqualini, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
di Milano con il contributo di Mauro Migliavacca e Giulia Cordella

Una precaria ricerca di autonomia. I giovani come osservatorio per una riflessione sulle politiche dell’abitare sociale
Massimo Bricocoli e Stefania Sabatinelli, Politecnico di Milano

La partecipazione dei giovani al mercato del lavoro: il ruolo dei co-working spaces per i giovani freelance
Elanor Colleoni e Adam Arvidsson, Università degli Studi di Milano

Giuliano Pisapia, Sindaco del Comune di Milano

Gli Autori

Download the book here: Mi Generation