Gentrification and Crime

New Configurations and Challenges for the City


Giovanni Semi (ed)
Universita degli Studi di Torino
Antonio La Spina (ed)
Centro Studi Pio La Torre
Mario Mirabile (ed)
Edoardo Cabras (ed)


CPCL book series


This volume is the editorial product of the project “Gentrification and Crime. New Configurations and Challenges for the City” started by a public conference held on May 6, 2019 at the Municipal Historical Archive of Palermo. This event was organized by Locus and endorsed by private and public bodies. During the conference, four presentations were given by distinguished academics of main fields investigated: Giovanni Semi, Marco Picone, Adam Asmundo, Antonio La Spina. Journalist Elvira Terranova moderated the event.

This publication was born from the desire to investigate gentrification and crime through a multidisciplinary approach. It draws inspiration from the urban sociologist Henri Lefebvre and his fundamental work The Production of Space on how the subject in its corporeality and in its interactions with the other integrates and produces spaces.

The people involved in the project stem from different fields: geographers, urban sociologists and criminologists, architects and urban planners, historians, and other representatives of civil society. That being said, given this project’s cross-disciplinary nature, contributors are given some creative freedom to flesh-out their own conceptualizations. As such, it is appropriate to cultivate an understanding of the intellectual framework and foundation underpinning this work.


  • Introduction
    Carmelo Cattafi
  • Types of gentrification, crime and social impact
    Antonio La Spina
  • Mafia-Type Organized Crime in the Gentrifying City
    Cecilia Bighelli
  • Introducing Intelligent Ticket’s Dual Role in Degraded Areas
    Electronic Monitoring of Crime and Transmedia Content Presentation to Users
    Dimitrios Panagiotakopoulos
  • A critical approach to platform real estate in the urban ecosystem
    Mario Mirabile, Edoardo Cabras


  • media
  • cinema
  • criminality
  • gentrification
  • social impact
  • insecurity
  • Published

    6 October 2020


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    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

    Details about this monograph

    ISBN-13 (15)


    Date of first publication (11)


    Physical Dimensions

    210mm x 297mm