This article explores the relationship between the emergence of a ‘crisis society', social innovation and community resilience in Italian inner areas. Arguing that the concept of ‘crisis society'–as a further development of a ‘risk society’–can help to frame both the increasing of uncertainty and the possibility for social change, the paper outlines a theoretical reflection on how context of crisis can influence social arrangements and forms of solidarity. In particular, it proposes to adopt the analytical lenses of social innovation and community resilience to discuss the relation between crisis, local dynamism and collective action. Secondly, it identifies Italian inner areas as an interesting field of research were to analyse how innovative initiatives and narratives can emerge in context of crisis, with a special focus on the Covid-19 pandemic. Without denying the negative consequences of this crisis, this early research paper sheds light on how crisis can be redefined on a double level. Firstly, by opening new windows of opportunities for collective action and bottom-up resilience. Secondly, by reframing inner areas, usually represented as vulnerable territories, as spaces where the creative capacity of local community can emerge. Finally, the paper identifies further trajectories of investigation for empirical research.

Crises redefined: towards new spaces for social innovation in inner areas? / Moralli M.; Allegrini G.. - In: EUROPEAN SOCIETIES. - ISSN 1461-6696. - ELETTRONICO. - 23:1(2021), pp. S831-S843. [10.1080/14616696.2020.1841263]

Crises redefined: towards new spaces for social innovation in inner areas?

Moralli M.;Allegrini G.
2021

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This article explores the relationship between the emergence of a ‘crisis society', social innovation and community resilience in Italian inner areas. Arguing that the concept of ‘crisis society'–as a further development of a ‘risk society’–can help to frame both the increasing of uncertainty and the possibility for social change, the paper outlines a theoretical reflection on how context of crisis can influence social arrangements and forms of solidarity. In particular, it proposes to adopt the analytical lenses of social innovation and community resilience to discuss the relation between crisis, local dynamism and collective action. Secondly, it identifies Italian inner areas as an interesting field of research were to analyse how innovative initiatives and narratives can emerge in context of crisis, with a special focus on the Covid-19 pandemic. Without denying the negative consequences of this crisis, this early research paper sheds light on how crisis can be redefined on a double level. Firstly, by opening new windows of opportunities for collective action and bottom-up resilience. Secondly, by reframing inner areas, usually represented as vulnerable territories, as spaces where the creative capacity of local community can emerge. Finally, the paper identifies further trajectories of investigation for empirical research.
2021
Crises redefined: towards new spaces for social innovation in inner areas? / Moralli M.; Allegrini G.. - In: EUROPEAN SOCIETIES. - ISSN 1461-6696. - ELETTRONICO. - 23:1(2021), pp. S831-S843. [10.1080/14616696.2020.1841263]
Moralli M.; Allegrini G.
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