Series 14 Vol 3 Special Issue (2020)

The Centre-Periphery Dialectics in Eastern Sicily Retail System. An Exploratory Research

Caterina Barilaro
Dipartimento di Scienze Cognitive, Psicologiche, Pedagogiche e degli Studi Culturali, Università di Messina, Italy
Caterina Cirelli
Dipartimento di Economia e Impresa, Università di Catania
Teresa Graziano
Dipartimento di Agricoltura, Alimentazione e Ambiente, Università di Catania
Leonardo Mercatanti
Dipartimento di Culture e Società, Università di Palermo

Published 2021-06-21


  • centre-periphery dialectics,
  • urban sprawl,
  • suburban retail format,
  • historical centre,
  • Sicily


This paper aims at scrutinizing from an historical perspective the deep transformations shaped by retail spaces and new consumption patterns challenging long-entrenched dichotomies, such as the centre-periphery one. In particular, the exploratory research explores the territorial reconfiguration of the main Eastern Sicily metropolitan areas, Catania and Messina, from the lens of the retail geography, namely after the diffusion of new suburban retail formats which have completely upset deeply-rooted relations between urban core and suburban rings.