Prefazione: la grave emarginazione adulta oggi

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Preface: the serious adult marginalization today

Paolo Pezzana

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript


[Autom. eng. transl.] Not infrequently the face of poverty is told through the poverty of the faces that should compose it; anonymous, stereotyped faces, empty like the generalized approaches to the phenomenon. Not infrequently the voice of poverty manifests itself through the deaf stamp of someone who observes street life from afar, certainly with professional honesty, but finally with detachment. Being witnesses of an event means instead operating from the right distance, like a tightrope balancer between the excess of empathy (from which the rhetoric springs) and that of otherness (from which stereotypes derive): and it is precisely from this caution that one develops the face (and voice) of the road. The specifications, historical or statistical, made by professionals, accompany an intimate and personal journey into the new poverty, where the camera and an attentive ear give us back the mechanisms of self-representation of those who live on the street. A path that starts from the bottom, rigorous but interested, so that a dangerously current theme does not continue to feed on social and political disinterest. Images and words torn from poverty without morbidity, but with a respectful complicity without which no reflection could be built on housing and economic distress; an occasion, finally, to see up close a profile of humanity with which we should face with greater diligence.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Preface: the serious adult marginalization today
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationIl volto (e la voce) della strada. Uno sguardo sulle nuove povertà
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Emarginazione
  • Politiche sociali


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