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Animals, Sociology, and The City. Theoretical and Methodological Reflections

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Urban Walls. Political and Cultural Meanings of Vertical Structures and Surfaces

Volume Edited by Andrea Mubi Brighenti & Mattias Kärrholm. Contracted by Routledge (Classical and Contemporary Social Theory Series). Forthcoming in 2018. In recent years, an increasing number of separation walls has been built around the world. Walls built in urban areas are particularly striking in that they have exacted a heavy toll in terms of […]

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Cineforum TRANSIZIONI TERRITORI / 4 – I tempi dei villaggi e delle città al cinema

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The social life of measures

Now published in Theory, Culture & Society 35(1) Abstract Issues of measure and measurement, and their relation to value and values, are of concern in several major threads in contemporary social theory and social research. In this paper, the notion of ‘measure-value environments’ is introduced as a theoretical lens through which the life of […]

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The Visible: Element of the Social

Now Published in Frontiers in Sociology | Sociological Theory Abstract. In the context of a social-theoretical take on the link between social life and visibility, this paper invites to shift the focus from visibility phenomena to “the visible”. A theory of visibility, it is submitted, must be constructed as a theory of the medium. In […]

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Domestic Territories and the Little Humans (with Mattias Kärrholm)

Understanding the Animation of Domesticity Now Published in Space & Culture   Abstract. Domesticity is a complex, multifaceted phenomenon. In this piece, we approach it from the point of view of a general theory of territories. To do so, we attempt to tackle simultaneously the ecological and spiritual dimensions of home by attending the expressive […]

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Discussing Debt and Indebetedness with Jean-Clet Martin

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An interview with Elijah Anderson

From the iconic ghetto to the cosmopolitan and beyond (with Chiara Bassetti) Interview now published in Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa  

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Territoriologia e nomadologia

Questioni e ipotesi per una scienza dei territori

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Questioni aperte sull’abitare alpino contemporaneo

(with Cristina Mattiucci) in Progetto Città-Valli, Quaderno n. 1 – ESSERE CITTADINI IN MONTAGNA brighenti-mattiucci-2017-questioni-aperte  

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Climbing the City. Inhabiting Verticality Outside of Comfort Bubbles (with Andrea Pavoni)

NOW PUBLISHED in Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability   Abstract. Over the last couple of decades, urban sports have been studied – as well as, in many cases, celebrated – as critical forms of using urban space. Urban climbing, a practice also known as ‘street bouldering’, ‘buildering’, ‘structuring’, and ‘stegophilia’, […]

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City of Unpleasant Feelings – Stress, Comfort and Animosity in Urban Life (with Andrea Pavoni)

Now out in Social & Cultural Geography Abstract. The image of the city as a stressful place is an evergreen topic. In this article we review the imagination of urban stress, starting from Simmel’s classic thesis that the modern city is an unavoidably psychic-stimulating environment potentially leading to stimuli overload. City dwellers are then supposed […]

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Tendencies in Architectural and Urban Research: Focusing on Everyday Life

A seminar at, including lecture and workshop with PhD Students

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השליטה של מי הטריטוריה הזו? על בני אדם, חיות, והצורך לסמן את גבולות

An interview with Tali Hatuka originally published in Hebrew at   TH. So, Andre, can you tell me about your project, about territories and what are the key ideas? I mean how do you address the whole concept of territories? Let’s…you know what, what is “territory” for you?

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Segni di Confine / Urban Boundaries

Special Issue of Urban Tracks (no. 22 | March 2017) – co-edited with Cristina Mattiucci and Federico Rahola

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A Lecture delivered at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. Vortrag. + info | Full video here (a bit boring, though) :

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Airspacing the City

Where Technophysics meets Atmoculture (with Andrea Pavoni) In this paper, we seek to show how the notion of technophysics can be applied to better understand the experience of contemporary urbanism. We argue that technophysics exists in dynamic relation to an atmoculture of urban space, whereby the technological and the cultural meet on a deeply affective-atmospheric […]

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The Visible and the Rhythmic.Visualising Rhythms in Urban and Regional Research

Lecture at GSSI Social Sciences Doctoral Programme in Urban Studies and Regional Sciences, L’Aquila

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On Walls – Stubborn and Ambiguous Artefacts…

Talk to Borders, Walls and Boundaries. The Future of European Integration Symposium organised by Paul Blokker & Debora Spini Friday 24 March at Syracuse University in Florence

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Urban Animals – Domestic, Stray and Wild

Notes from a bear repopulation project in the Alps by Andrea Mubi Brighenti & Andrea Pavoni Forthcoming in Society & Animals Abstract. This piece explores ‘domesticity’ as a social territory defined by the relationship it entertains with the conceptual and material space of ‘the wild’. The leading research question can be framed as follows: do […]

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Expressive Measures: An Ecology of the Public Domain

Published in Graffiti and Street Art. Reading, Writing and Representing the City. Edited by Konstantinos Avramidis, Myrto Tsilimpounidi. London: Routledge, 2017. Paginated pdf version

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The Excruciating Work of Love…

On Foucault’s Kehre towards the Subject A chapter in Andreas Oberprantacher & Andrei Siclodi (Eds.) Subjectivation in Political Theory and Contemporary Practices And here: brighenti-2016-the-excruciating-work-of-love

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La massa nella teoria sociologica classica e contemporanea / Crowds in classical and contemporary sociological theory

An essay from 2008, now freely available here –  

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Three Presents (with Mattias Kärrholm)

On the multi-temporality of territorial production and the gift from John Soane Published in Time & Society Abstract Territoriality has primarily been seen as a spatial rather than temporal phenomenon. In this paper, we want to investigate how time functions in territorialising processes. In particular, we are attracted by the multi-temporality that is co-present in […]

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Beyond Rhythmanalysis (with Mattias Kärrholm)

Abstract. The recent, rich scholarship on rhythms proves that rhythmanalysis is extremely important and helpful as a sensitising attitude and a research technique. Despite its increasing recognition, rhythmanalysis has not yet become a proper science as its proponents had hoped. In this article we argue that rhythmanalysis could benefit from being further developed and integrated […]

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