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Emanuela Guano


PhD, The University of Texas at Austin, 1999


Urban Anthropology; Urban Studies; Space and Place; Public and Visual Culture; Citizenship and the State; Environmental Humanities; Tourist Studies; Gender and Class Identities, the Anthropology of Work; Ethnography of the Senses; Italy, Argentina.


Emanuela Guano’s research interests range from the study of ideology and the built and natural environment to the analysis of spatial practice and discourse, and from the critique of citizenship and the public sphere to the exploration of how gendered subjectivities are crafted in the public realm. In her ethnographies of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Emanuela Guano explored how the city functions as a locus, a medium, and a tool of hegemony and social and political struggle negotiate citizenship and the state through their everyday life. Her Italian research has tackled issues ranging from the gendering of urban space and the everyday practices that surround issues of taxation and citizenship to the contested political imaginaries that may manifest through great events. In this vein, Dr. Guano recently published a book on how urban revitalization in Genoa, Italy, has prodded the local middle classes to creatively generate venues of self-employment in the attempt to stem their own decline. Her current project is an ethnography of the strategies through which residents of an Italian postindustrial periphery are striving to resist redevelopment.

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Creative Urbanity: An Italian Middle Class in the Shade of Urban Revitalization. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017

– Immaginando Buenos Aires. Ceti medi e modernità urbana. Milan: Franco Angeli, 2016.

– “Touring the Hidden City: Walking Tour Guides in Postindustrial Genoa.” Forthcoming in City and Society.

– “Inside the Magic Circle: Conjuring the Terrorist Enemy at the 2001 Group of Eight Summit,” in Sen, Arijit, and Lisa D. Silverman (eds.) Making Place: Space and Embodiment in the City, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press; (2014): 69-94.

– “Taxpayers, Thieves, and the State: Fiscal Citizenship in Contemporary Italy,” Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, 75:4 (2010): 377–401.

– “Social Immobility and the Poetics of Contentment in Paolo Virzís Caterina va in cittá,Studies in European Cinema, 7 (2) (2010): 149-161.

– “Respectable Ladies and Uncouth Men: The Performative Politics of Class and Gender in the Public Realm of an Italian City.” Journal of American Folklore, 120 (475) (2007) 48-72.

– “Fair Ladies: The Place of Middle-Class Women Antique Dealers in a Postindustrial Italian City,” Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 13 (1) (2006) 105-122.

– “She Looks at Him with the Eyes of a Camera: Female Visual Pleasures and the Polemic with Fetishism in Sally Potter’s Tango Lesson,” Third Text: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture, 18(5) (2004): 461-474.

– “The Denial of Citizenship: ‘Barbaric’ Buenos Aires and the Middle-Class Imaginary”, City and Society, 1 (2004): 69-97.

– “A Stroll through la Boca: The Politics and Poetics of Spatial Experience in a Buenos

Aires’ Neighborhood,” Space and Culture: International Journal of Social Spaces,

6(2003): 356-376.

– “A Color for the Modern Nation: The Discourse on Class, Race, and Education in the Porteño Opposition to Neoliberalism,” Journal of Latin American Anthropology, 8 (2003): 148-171.

– “Spectacles of Modernity: Transnational Imagination and Local Hegemonies in Neoliberal

Buenos Aires,” Cultural Anthropology, 17 (2002):181-209

– “Ruining the President’s Spectacle: Theatricality and Telepolitics in the Buenos

Aires’ Public Sphere,” Journal of Visual Culture, 1 (2002): 303-323.