Vol. 76 No. 1 (2021)
Research Articles

Mobility and agricultural economies in rural Italy. Sometimes the world can be seen more clearly from its margins

Domenico Cersosimo
Department of Political and Social Sciences - University of Calabria
Rosanna Nisticò
Department of Economics, Statistics and Finance “Giovanni Anania” - University of Calabria
Published May 10, 2021
Keywords
  • pandemic crisis,
  • migratory flows,
  • internal areas,
  • urban areas
How to Cite
Cersosimo, D., & Nisticò, R. (2021). Mobility and agricultural economies in rural Italy. Sometimes the world can be seen more clearly from its margins. Italian Review of Agricultural Economics, 76(1), 7-17. https://doi.org/10.36253/rea-12823

Abstract

This study examines how the Covid-19 pandemic crises has not only modified networks and rhythms of human movement and migratory flows on both a global and local scale; yet it also has weakened the hegemony of the prevailing paradigm that considers urban densification as “the” way to achieve resilience, innovation, and well-being. While recognizing that the factors of agglomeration favouring cities and densely populated places are still very significant in our contemporary society and economy, the study critically review the notion of the unidirectionality of progress and human and economic development from the metropolis to the rest, from the city to the countryside and the mountains. Rather, the analytical challenging perspective this contribute proposes is to adopt a new approach, able to take into consideration the “whole” and the complementary nature of its parts, by bringing rural places to the centre of public and academic debate and promoting the collective awareness that the future of the entire country also depends on the civil, social, and political enhancement of internal areas.

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