Ripensare il margine urbano. L’azione collettiva di El Mourouj 2 (Tunisi)

TitleRipensare il margine urbano. L’azione collettiva di El Mourouj 2 (Tunisi)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsPerelli, C, Sistu, G
JournalBollettino della Società Geografica Italiana

The paper analyses territorialization practices in Mourouj 2 district (Tunis) by focusing on Mourouj 2 Neighborhood Association’ activities during last decades. The case raises relevant issues regarding theoretical reflection on centre-margin paradigm in urban spaces and particularly in the Great Tunis area such as: margin social construction; resistance practices to spatial exclusion processes; conflicts over re-production of economic, political and social disadvantage; environmental and life quality link with spatial justice. In Mourouj 2 district key actors’ practices emerges as a common ground for community dialogue and conflicts with institutions and other informal powers over the right to the city. A nucleus of active citizenship emerges as a national precedent for urban space re-appropriation, from closure and conversion of Great Tunis landfill into an urban park in the nineties to wetlands and urban parks protection, community services and local development activities.

Keywordssocial movements, Tunisia, urban geography, urban margin