Fragments from many pasts: layering the toponymic tapestry of Milan

Michele Tucci, Rocco Walter Ronza, Alberto Giordano

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In the recent literature on the cultural politics of naming, toponyms and street names are increasingly read within the wider socialehistorical context upon which naming is contingent. In this perspective, naming is often seen as an act of power and a way to inscribe an ideological discourse into the landscape. In this article, we analyze the street names currently inscribed in the historical center of the Italian city of Milan, Italy as a reflection of its long and contested social and political history. Fragments of all the different toponymic regimes and hegemonic discourses that took over one after the other over time have remained inscribed in Milan’s street network, originating a complex tapestry in which different pasts revive and conflicting ideologies co-exist. In this context, we examine the role Geographical Information Science (GIScience) methods and technologies play in quantifying, revealing, and visualizing the spatial patterns of downtown Milan’s toponymic texture at the urban scale and at the scale of the six historical neighborhoods.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)370-384
Numero di pagine15
RivistaJournal of Historical Geography
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2011
Pubblicato esternamente


  • Historical GIS
  • History of Milan (Italy)
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Toponymy


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